For the last couple of years we have been purchasing our grapes from within the Yadkin Valley AVA, from a vineyard located in Surry County North Carolina,
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages.
2011 Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide. Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine and contributing finesse and a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, and cassis, sometimes even violets.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant.
2012 Damn Yankee
Damn Yankee is our house blend, which currently is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 54% Merlot. These proportions as well as varieties may/will vary depending on the winemakers choice and taste. The only consistency we strive for is a great tasting wine.
2011 Dry Rosé
We produce our Dry Rosé by removing some juice for our red grapes at crush time. Depending on the ripeness of the red grapes, this may produce a lighter or darker pink depending on vintage, and grape varieties. If we would like just a little bit more color we can let the juice sit on the crushed grape skins for a longer period of time. One of our favorites, it can be served room temp as you would normally serve red wine or chilled. Our only regret is supplies are limited we only produced about 35 cases. This one is going to sell out fast! Don't worry though, we can make more!
2013 Pinot Grigio Arancione (Orange Pinot Grigio)
“Orange wine” is a style most commonly used in Italy. It is usually a dry wine made from white wine grape varieties that have spent some maceration time in contact with the grape skins. Pinot Grigio is one of the more common grape varieties used in this style as its skin color ranges from a pink to almost copper color. The flavors can range from ripe tropical fruit notes of melon and mango, with hint of apricot on the nose.
The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. Chardonnay tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple and pear. In warmer locations the flavors become more citrus, peach and melon while in very warm locations more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out.
Sweet Apple Wine
Our apple wine is made from 100% fresh squeezed North Carolina grown apples, and borders on semi-sweet to sweet. Like grapes, apples also vary from year to year based on climate. This vintage was produced from 100% 2012 apples. This was a challenge due to a late frost/freeze which damaged many of the apple buds. We called many cider/juice producers in western North Carolina, and all but one turned us away because they had a shortage of apples. They just couldn't spare enough apples to give us the 180+ gallons of juice we were seeking. Luckily, we were able to find one "Apple Wedge" in Hendersonville, North Carolina, who agreed, however, they did look at us a little crazy. Maybe we were, but we hope you enjoy it!
Our Port style dessert wine, made with 100% Cabernet Franc that was barrel aged for approximately 30 months, fortified and sweetened. If you're wondering why we named it “Selfish”? Well, once you taste it, you won't want to share it either!! :-)