Wine Notes for the Spring Tasting

April 22, 2013

It's time to spring into wine! Bluegrass Beverages has selected six wines that are perfect for this beautiful spring weather. 

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Steelbird Smoking Loon Unoaked Chardonnay
This wine was aged for 8 months in 100% stainless steel. The grapes for Steelbird were picked early to ensure naturally elevated levels of acidity. A portion of the wine blend was given extended lees contact to impart a bit of structure and creaminess. The result is a stark departure from the regular Smoking Loon Chardonnay; less weight, higher acidity, pure fruit without any distractions, finishing very clean and crisp. It will pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes, from honey-lime shrimp tacos, to savory stuffed mushrooms or even a simple Caesar salad.

Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh, vibrant wine with great drinkability. The nose shows intense ripe tropical aromas with obvious Sauvignon Blanc varietal character. The highly concentrated palate enjoys a powerful intensity of up-front fruit followed by full long finish. It clearly reflects the initial impression delivered by the aromatics showing impeccable balance length of flavor. Drinking well now, this wine will also reward further cellaring for 2-3 years.

Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
A rich, complex, full bodied wine with a striking bouquet of passionfruit, gooseberries and nettles. Opulent tropical fruit flavors, complemented by herbal and mineral characters lead to a persistent finish. Sophisticated and delicious. Pair with pan-fried snapper fillets on grilled asparagus with mango and toasted coconut salad

 Ménage à Trois Red
Even if red wine is not your speed, give Ménage à Trois Red a try. This wine exposes the fresh, ripe, jam-like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Three saucy grapes make up the blend. Zinfandel adds a juicy character, Merlot mellows and Cabernet adds backbone. Forward, spicy and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect trio..

Irony Monterey Pinot Noir
Irony 2011 Monterey Pinot Noir leads with red cherry, ripe strawberry and vanilla aromas, heightened by an earthy undercurrent of sage. Bright red cherry flavors are layered with strawberry jam and accents of rhubarb and red licorice. The lush, supple tannins found in this medium-bodied Pinot Noir are beautifully balanced with fresh, crisp acidity. Enjoy with lamb stew, flatbread with prosciutto, pecorino and arugula, cheeses or grilled salmon.

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine offers up-front aromas of ripe red fruit, followed by similar vibrant and rich berry flavors. Silky but firm tannins lend excellent structure, while maintaining a soft approachability reflective of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a ripe finish with good length. The wine’s fruit-driven, approachable style lends ease to food-pairing; a good choice for grilled, braised or roasted meats, Mediterranean fare and semi-aged cheeses.

Be sure to stop by Hendersonville's premier wine and spirits store on Tuesday, April 23 between 3 and 6 pm to sample these spectacular wines that will make spring and summer taste even better.