R oger spread this Wagner tasting over 2 weekends. Wagner Family wines make some of the most prestigious wines in California including Caymus. I’m glad he did. There were too many great wines to sample in one tasting.
I stopped by on Friday afternoon. I liked of these wines. If you like semi-dry, light-bodied Pinots then these were not for you. These Pinots were more lush that most I’ve had. The Belle Glos Dairyman Pinot Noir starts off with a strong sense of oak but the Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir has all the oak at the finish.
Once again John hit the mark with the dips. Great nibbles
On Saturday the 21st the Vineyard celebrated Thunder over the Vineyard. After the tasting everyone could sit in the parking lot and watch the fireworks from Thunder over Evans. They also provided entertainment by the Mason Jars Band & served BBQ.
Beran wines don’t show as being part of the Wagner Family of Wines but Joe Wagner, son of Chuck Wagner, is the owner and was the founder of Belle Glos.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, May 20, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, May 21, 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc
- Belle Glos Dairyman Pinot Noir
- Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir
- Beran Red Zinfandel
- Red Schooner Malbec
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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc | Napa Valley, California
This is a bespoke rosé in that the Pinot Noir grapes were grown specifically with the intention of making a rosé wine. Pale pink with a copper hue, this wine has a classic “eye of the partridge” color. Citrus-driven aromas carry through to the palate. Bright acidity and flavors of pink grapefruit and lemon zest enliven the orange creamsicle notes, while hints of dried apricot and sweet spice add complexity. The brightness verges on minerality, but the richness balances out the firm acidity and carries the flavors of dried fruit through the long-lasting finish.–From their Website Cost: $19.99
Belle Glos Dairyman Pinot Noir | Napa Valley, California
Bright crimson red in color. Aromas of black cherry and ripe plums combine with subtle notes of dried herbs and smoke. The palate entry shows flavors of cranberry, fresh raspberry, and ripe cherry, complemented by hints of vanilla and baking spice. A balance of savory, cedar and cocoa powder, and sweet, fig jam and ripe blackberry, round out the mouth-feel. The overall impression is one of ripe red and black berry fruit flavors, great structure, smooth tannins and a lingering fresh finish.–From their Website Cost: $54.99
Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir | Napa Valley, California
The color is a deep scarlet-red with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and hint of caramel. The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth with sumptuous strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry and warm gingerbread. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins and a hint of toffee carrying through its long finish. When asked to describe this wine, I simply say it’s like a taste of Christmas, all year long!–From their Website
Beran Red Zinfandel | California
Beran California Zinfandel is a true representation of what Zinfandel can offer with the ripeness of the warmer regions and brightness from cooler regions. Grapes picked at optimum ripeness combined with extended fruit maceration over 30 days at times then laid to rest for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak has created a flavor-packed, easy-drinking zin with a soft, supple mouthfeel and balanced acidity. Zinfandel is one of the most expressive and distinctive grape varieties and when made well should continue to evolve and improve in the bottle.–From their Website Cost: $21.99
Red Schooner Malbec | Argentina by way of California
It all started with appreciating good Malbec. Red Schooner is a “Red Wine of the World”, an experiment of more than five years in the making and started in the Winter of 2009/2010. You won’t find a vintage date – each vintage will be known by the voyage from which it was produced. This third bottling is made from Mendoza Malbec grapes shipped chilled to Napa Valley and produced in our “Caymus” style. A dense, dark red, this wine opens up with the scent of ripe plums and cherries, layered with hints of baking chocolate. On the palate, it is powerful, concentrated, supple and persistent. This wine is unfined and may throw a bit of sediment, representing the rich and natural concentration of abundant quality.–From their Website Cost: $44.99