706 Home had their first tasting of 2016 Thursday night. As usual they had some nice wines, two of which are new to the Augusta market.
They featured a Merlot and a Chardonnay from Pink and Blue for Two, a label produced by Meadowcroft Wines in conjunction with Olivia Newton-John to support her Pink and Blue initiative to fight break and prostate cancer. A percentage from each bottle sold goes to cancer research.
And these wines were very good. About the time I took a sip of the Merlot I noticed “cigar box” as a notes description of the wine and at that moment I was sensing that aroma and taste like a cigar box. I’ve had wines with tobacco notes but not one that has that same smell you loved as a kid when you had a new cigar box to keep your treasures in.
The Chardonnay started off with a buttery, oaky mouthfeel then turned nicely crisp on the finish. I liked this chardonnay.

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Live music was provided by Donna Jo and as usual the nibbles were fantastic. Unfortunately I stopped by just as things were starting. I look forward to their tastings because I see some of the old Ninth Street crowd there. Can’t wait until next time.
Where: 706 Home
3644 Walton Way Ext. (near the intersection with Skinner Mill Road)
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016. 5-8PM
Cost: $5 per person.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Pink and Blue for Two Chardonnay 2013
  2. Cyprus Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  3. Pink and Blue for Two Merlot 2013
  4. Besllum 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Pink and Blue for Two Chardonnay 2013 | California
Inviting aromas of tropical fruit (including banana), citrus, stone fruit and pear, with hints of butter and oak. On the palate this is a crisp, clean chard offering tart fruit flavors in a wellbalanced and yummy body. The finish is bright and long.-From the evening’s tasting notes. Website
Cost: $12.00
Cyprus Sauvignon Blanc 2014 | California
Sourced from Louvau Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley, this very limited bottling is sourced exclusively from the Old Vine Block. It’s pale yellow in the glass with a nose that offers notes of gooseberry, melon rind and jalapeno. The palate is lively, yet delicate with vibrant acidity. The finish is seamless with flavors of kiwi and lime.–From their Website
Cost: $12.00
Pink and Blue for Two Merlot 2013 | California
Notes of blackberry, herb, cigar box, and black olives. The richness in the body carries this wine’s aromatic bouquet. The firm, yet integrated tannins combine with plum flavors and a touch of cocoa powder, and a long finish.-From the evening’s tasting notes. Cost: $12.00
Besllum 2011 | Spain
The 2011 Besllum is produced with 50% Garnacha, 40% Carinena and 10% Syrah. Aged for 13-15 months in oak barriques, 40% of them new. It displays a very ripe nose of black plums, prunes and dates intermixed with notes of graphite and dark chocolate, in a supple palate with marked acidity, abundant dusty tannins and good length.-From the evening’s tasting notes. Website Cost: $11.50


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