Tuesday, April 15, 2008

WINE REVIEWS FROM WINERIES UNLIMITED: PART 2

Here's a few more reviews of wines I liked at the Winemaker's BYOW.

Silver Decoy Winery


2006 Retriever
This is an old favorite. 80% Sangiovese. 16% Merlot. 4% Cabernet Franc The Sangiovese spent no time in oak. The Merlot spent 8 months in oak. and the Cabernet Franc spent 12 months in oak. 100% estate grown. Very aromatic. Very nice.

2006 Cabernet Franc
This medium to deep bodied red spent 9 months in oak. It has a wonderful nose of rasperberries and vanilla. Very smooth. Very, very nice.

Heritage Station Cabernet Franc 2005
There has been a Heritage family farming the land of Richwood Farm since 1851, mostly fruit orchards – peaches, apples, plums, nectarines. In 2001, Bill and Penni Heritage planted a more commercially successful crop than the fruit trees – merlot, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc. Today, those with sharp eyes will notice other types of vines –chambourcin and concord; test blocks of petite verdot, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, malbec, pinot noir, sangiovese, syrah and grenache.

I met Bill who proudly stood behind the table pouring his wine. The nose with full with a big smell of strawberries and vanilla. And the wine was fruity, but finished dry and smooth. Very nice surprise.

Beans Creek Cynthia 2005

Tom Brown made his first wine in 1976 in a pickle crock in his mother's kitchen with childhood friends Joe and Dan Lasater. In 2003 with the help and support of other winegrowing families his dream of owning a winery became a reality. Their member vineyards are located in Coffee, Warren and Williamson counties of middle Tennessee. We purchase grapes from growers in Sumner, Robertson, Sequatchie, Loudon and Sullivan counties of Tennessee. Bean's Creek Winery is pleased to offer a wide selection of Tennessee wines. In 2007 they won at the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition. They took home Double Gold for their Tennessee Traminette.

It was my first taste of Tennesee wine and I found it very tastey. A very nice surprise.

Chrysalis 2006 Norton

In 1996, Jennifer McCloud moved to Virginia and soon settled in the rolling foothills of the Piedmont to set about making her dream of owning a winery a reality. Chrysalis Vineyards -- named symbolically for the rare nectar of fine wine emerging from the barrel so as the butterfly emerges from her cocoon -- was born in 1997. Chrysalis Vineyards has established a series of excellent vineyards rolling across more than 67 acres in the foothills of the Northern Blue Ridge & Bull Run Mountains. Chrysalis has one of the largest planting of Norton in North America.

The Norton is dark in color with big fruity flavors and firm acidity. According to Chrysalis, Norton (or Cynthiana as it is sometimes called) is the most expensive non-vinifera grape in eastern America. This wine was big and fruity with a nice finish.