Recap of Last Night’s Wine Tasting

We tasted nine different wines last night, five whites and four reds. In our group most of the women lean toward white wine (with me being the exception) and the men toward red wine. This tasting satisfied both sides!

 Whites:

2009 Chrysalis Chardonnay

2009 Horton Viognier

2009 King Family Viognier

2008 Delfosse Viognier Reserve

2009 Biltmore Sauvignon Blanc (yes, this is from NC…someone missed the theme memo)

Reds:

2009 Horton, Tower Series, Norton

2008 Chateau Morrisette Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 White Hall Vineyards Cabernet Franc

2009 Horton, Tower Series, Cabernet Franc

{Disclaimer: I don’t pretended to be a wine expert. I enjoy drinking it and many years ago I worked at a winery. That’s all I’ve got!} 

We really didn’t discuss who was bringing what wines, so we ended up a little heavy with Viogniers. That worked out ok with the ladies though, seemingly they preferred the lighter, smoother wines. We started with the Chardonnay but agreed later that we should have started with the Viogniers. Personally, I enjoyed the Chrysalis Chardonnay. although the weather last night didn’t call for white wine though – it was cool and dreary. I think I’d prefer those wines in the middle of July!

As for the four red wines, there was a clear winner – the Norton. The wine was spicy and flavorful. There was a distinct nose to the wine which reminded me of some type of wood – cedar or sandlewood…something peppery. {I wish I had a better wine vocab.} We had a spicy beef dish, chipotle I think, this wine and that dish were made for each other. YUM! The other three reds fell short following the Norton, but each in their own space would be decent.

Cheers!

B.

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If you’d like to learn more about the wineries we “visited” here are the links to each website.

Horton Vineyards – Gordonsville, VA
http://hortonwine.com/ 

White Hall Vineyards – White Hall, VA
http://www.whitehallvineyards.com/

Chateau Morrisette – Floyd County, VA
http://www.thedogs.com/

King Family Vineyards – Crozet, VA
http://www.kingfamilyvineyards.com/

Chrysalis Vineyards – Middleburg, VA
http://www.chrysaliswine.com/

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery – Faber, VA
http://www.delfossewine.com/

The Biltmore Estates – Asheville, NC
http://www.biltmore.com/

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6 thoughts on “Recap of Last Night’s Wine Tasting

  1. The Norton grape would have all rights to becoming Virginia’s “Official” grape in spite of the fact that this grape is already Missouri’s State Grape. Norton wines are now produced in 239 wineries in 23 Mid-west and Southeast vineyards. Alas, it is a wine that defies instant gratification by needing to be put away for several years before enjoying and at that times must be allowed to breathe for an extensive time before serving. The only 100% Norton grape wine that I know which could be considered a “drink now” or “put away for the future” wine would be Virginia’s Castle Gruen Norton example. There are several Norton blends that can be enjoyed at an earlier stage in its bottle development.

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