I’m still catching up on our wine tastings.  Saturday, April 16, 2016 was another fun wine tasting at Party Town.  JP lined up the following:

  1. Mantauto Gessaia from Tuscany, Italy – Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Condesa Eylo 2011 from Rueda, Spain – 97% Verdejo & 3% Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Ocone Apollo Aglianico from Campania, Italy – Aglianico
  4. Vega Escal from Catalonia, Spain – Priorato blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah

I was very excited that we had an Aglianico in the line up.  I fell in love with Carousel Winery’s Aglianico last summer to the point that we made a special trip to purchase their last three bottles.  I recognized that it would be hard to beat something aged in oak for 14 years and while #3 was good, it just didn’t quite measure up.  I was completely surprised by #2 and very much enjoyed it.  This is a new grape to me so I will have to be on the look out for other similar wines for summer sipping.  I had no reservations about spending my revisits on it!


Courtesy of Jamie, our fifth option was a 2014 Viognier from Flying Fox Vineyard in Virginia.  We visited Flying Fox ourselves on one of our trips to Virginia and had a great time.  They are definitely a worthwhile stop if you are in the Shenandoah Valley area.


And finally, for our dessert wine of the day, we were treated to Duplin’s Black River Red which is a blend of Muscadine and Catawba.  When we first discovered Muscadine a few years ago were with enamored with its versatility and distinct flavor.  But you know what they say about a good thing and after bringing home a case of various Muscadines we got rather burned out on it.  Black River Red was a nice revisit, especially with the addition of Catawba which is one of Bushmaster’s favorite whites.