With all the craziness that has been our life in October and November, we didn’t make it back to Brianza to pick up our fall wine club purchases until December. While we were there, or course we had to do another tasting to sample our old favorites as well as their new additions.
- 2015 Riesling
- 2015 Chardonnay
- 2014 Vignoles
- 2015 Vignoles
- Sweet Riesling
- Sweet Bottom Blush – a blend of 93% White Zinfandel, 5% Vignoles, and 2% Peach
- 2014 Sweet Bottom White – a blend of Riesling, Vidal Blanc, and Cayuga
- 2015 Sweet Bottom White – a blend of 50% Vidal Blanc, 10% Vignoles, 20% Riesling, and 20% Cayuga
- 2013 Cynthiana – a blend of 90%, 5% Merlot, and 5% Traminette
- 2014 Cynthiana – 100% Cynthiana
- 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Italian Stallion – a red blend of Chambourcin & Cynthiana
- Sweet Bottom Red – a blend of Merlot & Blackberry
We both agreed that Riesling was absolutely delicious and it was not a hard decision to add it to our purchase.
It’s always fun to do side by side tastings of different vintages. The 2014 Vignoles had a strong grapefruit nose and we found it to be very acidic. In contrast, the 2015 was noticeably sweeter.
The Sweet Riesling was not overly sweet and reminded us more of a semi-sweet version.
Sweet Bottom White was another side by side tasting. The vintages were slightly different blends and we both agreed that we preferred the 2015 over the 2014.
Next up was the side by side Cynthiana tastes. While the blending in of a bit of Merlot and Traminette in the 2013 was interesting, it was the rich flavor of the 2014 that came out on top.
Noiret and Cabernet Sauvignon were new to the list. The Noiret was a lighter, easier drinking red while the Cabernet Sauvignon was everything you would expect of that varietal.
Old favorites Italian Stallion and Sweet Bottom Red did not disappoint.
In the end, our final wine club selections were the 2015 Riesling, 2014 Cynthiana, and the Cabernet Sauvignon. Good stuff!