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Dec 11, 2017
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Latest Winery Visits

Odom Springs Vineyards (added Dec 04, 2017)
Cartecay Vineyards (added Dec 04, 2017)
Chateau Meichtry (added Dec 04, 2017)
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Latest Wine Journal Entries

Crane Creek Vineyards (written Dec 11, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
Norton Wine Review: Our first attempt at securing Crane Creek Vineyard’s Hellbender was not to be since they were already sold out in late summer, but a Fall release was promised. O.K., I know you are wincing from this Hellbender term, so understand that this wine is named for the rare, locally found, orange-red, 20" long, largest salamander in the western hemisphere. So mid-November, 2010 I drove again over two hours one way through beautiful mountain back roads to retrieve the announced release of their 2007 Hellbender. Crane Creek's wines are produced on a nineteen acre vineyard at 2100’ elevation with one acre set aside for these non-lyred Norton vines which were set out in 1996. Approximately 225 Hellbender cases annually can be produced if all goes well with the harvest. This was a no excuses dry 100% Norton wine with a typical initial Southern slight sour taste due maybe(?) to local soils and begging to be put away for four years or more. This Norton didn't portray being overly oaked in spite of the fact that it had been held in Pennsylvania Oak barrels (very similar to French Oak according to the vintner) for over 25 months. Weather, setting, host, visitors, a stunning black bean soup, two well behaved dogs, and a pleasantly different Norton made for a great day. I opened my first 2007 Hellbender bottle for 2012's Father's Day. Oh my, was this an outstanding vintage year! Since then we have acquired a 2010 case which we are now enjoying and last week we picked up Crane Creek's new gelatin fined 2015 vintage ($29) to 'lay down' for several years. When you go, be prepared to chose from fourteen wine alternatives. I was especially enchanted with their 2016 Virginia oaked $21 Enotah White Chardonel (a cross between Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay).

Chateau Meichtry (written Dec 05, 2017)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
Our 2017 adventure finding this new, new, new location comes with hopes of maturing into a 'go-to-winery' in the years to come. Though the setting is fantastic, the offerings are limited at this time from their very young and limited estate production of Albarino, Norton, Noiret and Seyval Blanc wines. To fill in the time, most of the current insignificant tasting vinifera wines offered are from west coast grapes/juices. To balance out the tastes of the local population, a second page of sweet muscadine wines are also offered. Though sold out, the owners were very gracious to 'find' one of their libraried $35 2015 Norton wines for me to put away for tasting in the years to come (80% Norton/20% Noiret). Appreciated was that all gratuities were designated for a children's hospital.

Odom Springs Vineyards (written Dec 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
Let me encourage you to visit this new, up-and-coming winery. I was impressed with their recent, original selection of American-French hybrid plantings (Chambourcin, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Norton). What a hoot are some of the locally worded labelings for their various offerings (RoDawg Red, Just Loaferin' and They Lord). Though still young and slightly thin tasting, we were impressed with what will surely come in future years to their Chambourcin (Earl's Reserve) and Norton (Naughty) wines. The setting is primed for casual relaxation & wine on the deck or as a small, private event center.

Cartecay Vineyards (written Dec 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars
Cartecay Vineyards is located at a 1,500' elevation backwoods, informal winery setting with many of its grape vines originally planted in 2008. I was pleasantly surprised with their dry, crisp Vidal Blanc ($23) taste. They offer both a Norton 'Chimney Red' ($21) Vidal Blanc, Merlot blend and a light, port styled 100% Norton ('Chimney Delight' $19). This last mentioned Norton was not as sweet as I had anticipated and worthy serving with red meat. With Chardonel grapes being planted in 2016, this will be another reason to return in the years to come.

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