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:
- Mantauto Gessaia from Tuscany, Italy – Sauvignon Blanc
- Condesa Eylo 2011 from Rueda, Spain – 97% Verdejo & 3% Sauvignon Blanc
- Ocone Apollo Aglianico from Campania, Italy – Aglianico
- 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.