N ice tasting. I came away with a new $9.99 Pinot that was accurately described to me as “a crowd pleaser.” The Belcreme de Lys Pinot sounds French but is definitely California. Nice tannins, hit of acid. Nice fruit.
My favorite though was the Paris Valley Road Founder’s Red Blend. I tasted a hint of licorice. This is a very nice blend. Great nibbles by John as usual.
Roger used this weekend’s tasting to honor Bobby Johnson, a well-known and loved wine rep, who passed away just after his birthday a year ago. These are some of the wines that Bobby represented.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market , 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 5-7 PM and Saturday, September 16, 2017, 5-7 PM.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):
- Palacio De Canedo Godello 2014
- Angeline Reserve Chardonnay 2014
- Belcreme de Lys Pinot Noir 2015
- Domain Grand Veneur Champauvins CDR 2013
- Paris Valley Road Founder’s Red Blend 2013
- Atticus John Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Palacio De Canedo Godello 2014 | Spain
A white wine fresh and fruity, aromas of citrus and pineapple will not leave you indifferent. An entry with sweet notes, which give way to a balanced acidity and a long finish with a slight bitter aftertaste, characteristic of the variety, prompt you to drink again. Website
Angeline Reserve Chardonnay 2014 | Santa Rosa, California
This Chardonnay has a delicious bouquet of ripe golden pear, tropical pineapple, and sweet honeydew melon, along with aromatic apple blossom, and creamy vanilla bean. The carefully chosen, lightly impactful French oak serves to convey a perceived sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the clean acidity around the edges of the palate. Although deceivingly full bodied, the wine maintains a juicy mouthfeel and a clean, concise finish. Website
Belcreme de Lys Pinot Noir 2015 | California
The French-inspired name translates to “beautiful cream of the lily” to describe the rich and smooth wine style consumers have come to know and love from the brand. A bright Chardonnay with fragrant scents of spicy oak and tropical fruit. On the palate this creamy wine showcases juicy flavors of ripe pear and pineapple.
Domain Grand Veneur Champauvins CDR 2013 | Cotes du Rhone, France
70% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Intense, brilliant garnet-red colour. It reveals lovely fruit, loads of body and a heady bouquet of ground peppers, raspberries cherry liqueur, currants, and spice box. Full-bodied and dense, it tastes more like a “baby Châteauneuf” than a Côtes du Rhône. A complete wine, rich and elegant, thanks to the harmony of all the elements which make it up. Website
Paris Valley Road Founder’s Red Blend 2013 | San Lucas AVA, California
50% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Zinfandel, 7% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot. This wine yields aromas of bing cherry, chocolate, roasted fig, and espresso. Fine but sustained tannins hold the profile together giving way to a smooth and flowing texture. Finally, hints of black plum, pomegranate and ganache become evident on the exquisite finish. Aged 17 months on 20% new French and 5% new American oak. Website
Atticus John Napa Cabernet Sauvignon |
Who was Atticus John? According to the legend told by many Napa farmers, he was a recluse who lived in the valley around the turn of the 20th century. He had several dozen large dogs and lived his whole life off of what the bountiful Napa soil had to offer. The story sounded so genuine and appropriate, they named the wine after him.
What is Atticus John? The source is a very well known high end Cabernet producer near St Helena. We have a guess as to who it is, and if we are correct then you are getting a $60 bottle for about one third of that. Almost 32 barrels were blended with no fining, no filtration and one final racking to bottle. It is labeled as;”Atticus John Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley” because the producer had more wine than the current economy could support at the higher prices they normally command. It is incredibly rich, with flavors of dark fruits and spice. (Source-WeSpeakWine.com) Website