R oger has a lot to say about the weekend’s tasting at the Vineyard. He described it as “All New Wines & 90 Pointers! One Top 100!”
Here’s the details.
This weekend we will be tasting several new wines which are highly rated and a Wine Spectator Top 100 wine. We have several new wines that have come in this week and last so we have decided to showcase a few this week.
We have Verum Sauvignon Blanc from Patagonia Argentina a great wine served with seafood or barley risotto with mushrooms.
Next up is the McBride Sisters Truvee Chardonnay from the Central Coast of California. Truvee is a French verb “to find”, and we found a beauty with this one! Truvee Chardonnay’s flavors span white peach, pear, citrus zest, green apple, pineapple, vanilla, oak and with delicate notes of white florals. A portion of the wine was put into new and neutral French oak barrels, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks.
We had to bring in McBride Sisters big brother, Truvee Red Blend, another great find! This Central Coast red blend is complex. The flavors in this wine span red cherry, blueberry, blackberry, cocoa and caramel, and we used a mix of French and American oak to mature the wine. The fruit was sustainably grown in Paso Robles, San Benito, Edna Valley, Monterey County, Chalone and is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel.
We had to throw in a grape varietal that is little known and rarely tasted here, a Zolo Bonarda from Argentina. There remains some doubt as to the true origin of this grape, but most agree that Bonarda is the French Charbono grape. Deep purple in color, the wine is full bodied with brambly fruit tastes of raspberries and blackberries. And, aging in French and American Oak for 6 months, lends a sweet toasty vanilla taste to the wine. ZOLO Bonarda presents firm tannins that are mouth filling but not out of balance with the fruit.
A Wine Spectator Top 100 #48 with 91 Points is Zolo Reserve Malbec. Nuff Said!
Last will be an old friend, Ehlers Estate “One Twenty Over Eighty” Cabernet Sauvignon! We haven’t seen this guy for a while, but now it’s back! The wine is layered with blackberry, black raspberry, caramel and milk chocolate, and sports a great structure and backbone. Focused acid, silky soft tannins, and a touch of spice emerge from the mid-palate. Compelling and complex, this is a fine Bordeaux style Cabernet blend that will age for decades.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, Jan. 30, 2014, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2014, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $10 (usually)

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