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NC Wine Touring: Shadow Springs Vineyard

Hello Again Wine Lovers,

The final day 1 Swan Creek Winery that we visited awhile ago for my friend’s birthday weekend was Shadow Springs Vineyard. This was a little different for tasting in that every other winery had us try all of the wines. This place had the option of picking 7 or trying all 13 – in case you don’t like sweet or dry, you aren’t forced to try them all! I thought that was pretty neat. Now, Lisa, Kera and I decided that we were going to basically split a sweet (Kera & I) and a dry (Lisa & I) so that we could try what we’d like only. Clearly, I’m the non-picky one of the group, hehe.

Shadow Springs Vineyard is also in the heart of Amish Country. We drove past horse and buggy signs, lots of farmland, few machines, and finally a field of horses before arriving at the picturesque and quaint Shadow Springs Tasting Room. The Vineyard started in January 2005 with the first planting in April, and then progressed along until the Tasting Room opened in June 2008. With a wide variety of grapes harvested each year, there are plenty of wine options coming out of this vineyard.

Onto the tastings! Description from the vineyard followed by my thoughts, in order, below. Weee!

’08 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
SS: This wine was Barrel Fermented in new and once used French Oak barrels for 10 months. It has a rich buttery flavor.
Beth: Very smooth and slightly oaky chardonnay. I tried a very small sip of this as Lisa almost forgot to let me!

’10 Viognier
SS: This viognier was fermented in stainless steel tanks to give it a nice clean quality with crisp acidity and fruit notes of apricot, lime and melon.
Beth: Being my favorite varietal, I found this a deliciously fresh and fruity start, with a crisp melon middle and a very smooth and citrusy finish.

’08 Cabernet Franc
SS: A medium bodied red with strong aromas of cherry and oak. Lively acidity throughout the fruity finish makes this a perfect match for Italian Food.
Beth: I didn’t try this one but Lisa really liked it, said it was nice and strongly “cherry”.

’06 Cabernet Sauvignon
SS: This 100% Cab Sauv displays soft tannins from 18 months aging in French, Hungarian and American barrels. It highlights flavors of cherry, vanilla and oak.
Beth: I looked over, she poured it, I looked at Kera, said “yes” and looked back and it was gone with a very happy Lisa left behind. 🙂

’08 Chambourcin
SS: This 100% Chambourcin was aged for 18 months in oak barrels which has given it silky tannins and a long finish. It has hints of black raspberry, blackberry and dark sugars.
Beth: This was a very deliciously dry berry wine that started strong on the berry, had a sugared oak taste in the middle, and finished with more dry berry flavor that lingered on the tongue.

’07 Merlot
SS: This 100% Merlot has flavors of plums and cherries. It displays a good balance between fruit and oak flavors.
Beth: This was a very delicious and fruity oaked Merlot, very true to the expected Merlot-ness.

’07 Meritage
SS: This is a Bordeaux blend of Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Petit Verdot. With almost 2 years in the barrel it is a big wine with a great flavor and a wonderful finish.
Beth: This was a very sweetly dry hearty wine that had a swirl of berry, plum and oak flavors just dancing in your mouth from start to finish. Yum.

’07 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
SS: Our biggest and boldest wine this Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in oak barrels for almost 3 years. It has aromas of blackberry, mocha, black cherry and licorice.
Beth: Lisa & I really liked this slightly sweet, oaky dry, berry wine that had a hint of licorice swirling amidst the berries from start to middle, and then the mocha peeked out towards the end. Yum.

Crimson Sunset
SS: This Merlot/Franc blend is fruit forward with aromas of plum, cherry and raspberry. With 1% residual sugar, this wine is pleasant and easy to drink.
Beth: Very sweet blend of fruity berries that take you from start to finish and give you a mental picture of a susent of berries in your mouth – lots of colors, and a haze of sweet over top.

’10 Seyval Blanc
SS: Stainless steel fermented crisp and clean off dry Seyval Blanc with highlights of peach and mango.
Beth: This slightly sweet wine starts off peach, and finishes crisp with a lift of mango at the end. Yum.

’11 L’Amour Doux
SS: This dessert wine is made from our late harvest Viognier. It has flavors of apricot, pear, pineapple and orange blossom honey.
Beth: This super super sweet wine has a tropical fruit taste from the start, with a little lighter pear playing with your palate through the middle, and finishing with a sweet taste of honey.

SS: This Strawberry wine is light and refreshing. With 11% alcohol and a sweet taste it is the perfect wine any time of the year.
Beth: This super sweet wine reminds me of a wine version of strawberry jam, sweet and tart by turns, but starting and ending with a sweet note.

Dark Shadow
SS: This wine has a warm chocolate cherry flavor. It is a blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Seyval Blanc and Dark Chocolate. YUM!!!
Beth: This slightly sweet wine has a bittersweet dark chocolate undertone with a sweet grape overtone, and a finish of chocolate covered cherries.

In the Winter, Shadow Springs does a special wine that blends the Shortcake with the Dark Shadow!

So let me know what you think of these wines, if you have tried them or not, and any other wine thoughts you may have!

Craft You Later,

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