W hat a week. I was ready for a wine tasting. I stopped by Friday afternoon just as it was starting. The White Knight Viognier was a nice start. When I hit the reds I liked the Prophecy Pinot Noir. Drinks like a cab. More lush than most pinots. The Redhead Red is a very nice blend. Went nicely with the 3 cheese selections they had.
And I also enjoyed the Stratton Lummis Petite Sirah which was their very first bottling. There’s only a few bottles of this left… anywhere. They only packaged up 3,000 bottles.
Next up for the Vineyard is the Birthday Bash tasting on Feb. 21 and the Heart Association fundraiser on Feb. 23.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 5-7PM. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 5 to 7 pm.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):
- White Knight Viognier 2015
- Sola North Coast Chardonnay 2014
- Prophecy Pinot Noir 2015
- Ryan Patrick “Redhead Red 2015
- Stratton Lummis Petite Sirah 2013
- Salt of the Earth Moscato Rubino NV
Here are the detailed wine notes:
White Knight Viognier 2015 | Calif
Swooping in to rescue your palate from the ordinary, this sleek, rich Viognier will excite the senses and tickle your fancy. Flirtatious green apple, honeysuckle and white peach aromas playfully engage with flavors of pear and melon. A medium to full bodied white wine, with a balanced and sustaining finish. An early bud break coupled with a long warm growing season provided for an early harvest in the Clarksburg and Lodi winegrowing regions. Yields were consistent with the previous vintage which produced concentrated, flavorful grape clusters. The wine was fermenented and aged in stainless steel, resulting in a light and crisp Viognier with complex fruit up front. This full bodied Viognier will stand up to rich dishes such as roasted chicken in a white lemon cream sauce, grilled striped bass with plums and potato mushroom papillotes, or crunchy shrimp cakes.
Sola North Coast Chardonnay 2014 | California
Whole-cluster pressed. Predominately tank aged for roughly 12 months. Beautiful aromatics of zesty lemon, golden apple and a hint of pineapple. Clean acidity with a full elegant Chardonnay finish.
Prophecy Pinot Noir 2015 | California
Prophecy Pinot Noir showcases the best of California. Upon the first swirl, this Pinot Noir delights the senses with a bouquet of toasted oak and ripe raspberry. Plush and smooth, the mouthfeel is round and filled with luscious layers of red cherry and strawberry that are complemented by notes of brown spice.
Ryan Patrick “Redhead Red 2015 | Wahluke Slope, Washington
68% Cabernet, n% Syrah, n% Merlot, 10% Petite Verdot. Ryan Patrick Redhead Red Columbia Valley. Fresh and generous, focusing its plum,
blackberry and cedar flavors into an open-textured finish, lingering well. Wine Spectator Best Value Wine 2015.
Stratton Lummis Petite Sirah 2013 | California
First bottling ever. Less than 500 six packs made.
Salt of the Earth Moscato Rubino NV | California
Moscato Rubino is a sweet moscato made from Black Muscat and Muscat Canelli, the same grapes used for Red Electra, Quady’s most popular moscato. Both wines are sweet and aromatic. Both have a little spritz. The difference is in the alcohol. Red Electra’s alcohol is extremely low, only s%. Moscato Rubino’s is 7.5%. Moscato Rubino is light and wine-like, full of ripe fruit, with a clean finish.