Some old friends, now living in Seattle, made a surprise visit to see the Strohls
Some old friends, now living in Seattle, made a surprise visit to see the Strohls

N ice tasting. I stopped by on Friday and I’d have to say this is one of the best tastings I’ve recently attended. Six nice wines, several of them high-end especially considering my affinity for wines less than $10. None of them are under $10. The top one was $34.99. The average price was $20.50 a bottle.
I really liked the second white of the lineup, the Four Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2010. This is the second Sauv Blanc in the last 2 tastings I’ve attended that are not the usual super grassy profiles that so many are measured by today.
Very much fruit forward with a bit of citrus and grass toward the finish. I would like this as a sipper.
Nice to see familiar faces at the Vineyard
Nice to see familiar faces at the Vineyard

The Forefront is a great Pinot Noir. This one is a 2010 and is sold on more online stores. Each year they change up the appellation mix of the grapes. This on is 64% San Luis Obispo, 34% Santa Barbara and 3% Sonoma County. (The 2013 is 94% San Luis Obispo and 6% Monterey. Would be nice to compare the two). This wine is from the folks at Pine Ridge
At the end were two nice surprises, both from Léal, a label I had never heard of. The Estate Merlot very oak. Being a 2006 I first thought this was showing its age. But as I give it a swirl I started to enjoy some definite oak. The Estate Cab is a bit more sophisticated than I’m used to .
If you have a chance Saturday to stop by I would. Not bad for a $8 tasting.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, Jan. 23, 2014, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $8
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Gravity Hills Chenin Blanc/Riesling 2010
  2. Four Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  3. Forefront Pinot Noir 2010
  4. Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  5. Léal Estate Merlot 2006
  6. Léal Estate Carbernet Sauvignon 2007

The lineup
The lineup

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Gravity Hills Chenin Blanc/Riesling 2010 | Central Coast California
The makers of Gravity Hills wines feel that there is no comparable pleasure to drinking a crisp bottle of white wine outdoors on a warm evening. And this particular wine was created precisely for that purpose. We chose Chenin Blanc because we wanted a fiesty wine with some snap and verve. Choosing the Delta region for our grapes made ultimate sense because nowhere else in California does Chenin show such refinement. We added Riesling for it’s lovely, elusive perfume and wow, suddenly we had exactly the wine we wanted. You will see that Vertigo Chenin-Riesling is so fresh and quaffable that you will polish off the bottle before you know it. And then, friends, you might think you have vertigo yourself.–From their Website
Cost: $10.99
Four Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2010 | Australia
Vibrant passionfruit, gooseberry and lemon citrus flavours shine through on the nose and palate with a fresh, crisp finish. A fantastic match with a fresh shellfish, sushi or smoked salmon.–From their Website
Cost: $12.99
Forefront Pinot Noir 2010 | Napa Valley, California
Displaying the exuberance of the Central Coast, this bright, young Pinot Noir leaps out of the glass with a nose dominated by black cherry, blackberry and plum with complex underlying notes of cedar and warm baking spice. With intricate layers of complexity, this wine exhibits with a rich palate laden with flavors of berry compote, rose petals, spice and lingering acidity.-Winemaker’s Notes. Website:
Cost: $19.99
Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 | Paso Robles, California
Deep purple/dark red color. Aromas of dark bing cherries, black currents and hints of cinnamon and vanilla. The wine is rich, full bodied and has dark cherry and ripe plum fruit flavors with licorice undertones. The wine has chewy but rounded and smooth tannins and finishes with warm toasty notes.
Cost: $13.99
Léal Estate Merlot 2006 | Hollister, California
The 2006 Léal Estate Merlot is an excellent combination of heavy extraction with extremely soft lush tannins and ripe berry flavors. Its full body, outstanding depth and richness boast black raspberry and dark cherry characteristics. The Estate Merlot was aged in a combination of
French and American Oak, imparting sweet vanilla and mocha flavors and aromas. Drink this pleasurable wine over next 8-10 years. –From their Website
Cost: $29.99
Leal Estate Carbernet Sauvignon 2007 | Hollister, California
This wine has a deep ruby color and seductive nose. The fruit explodes in the glass with a balance between rich texture and a soft finish. Layered flavors of black currants, cocoa, plums, blackberries and cassis underscored by toasted oak and silky tannins make for a velvety finish. Website:
Cost: $34.99
The early crowd
The early crowd


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