Please join us at Country Fresh Farm Market Hartwell as we conduct our weekly wine tasting! This week we will be featuring a mashup tasting with European fine wines. $5.00 for whole flight!
Special Guest, Tim Buckhold: He is the man behind some of our best selling wines in the store including (Portada, LAB, Confidencial, Paxis, and many others).
Churn Chardonnary. California, 2016:
We hardly ever feature this style of Chardonnay on the wine tastings. It seems to be among the most polarizing styles in the wine industry today, but still is one of our best selling categories in the whole store. Classics like Clos du Bois, Bogle, and Kendall Jackson have led to more recent brands like Butter, Custard, and Rich & Creamy. Churn fills those shoes as well. Classic California creamy and buttery style. The wine goes through a secondary Malolactic fermentation where a bacteria is add that converts the naturally occurring malic acid (found most commonly in apples) into lactic acid (found in butter and cheese). This softens the wine as well giving it a much rounder body.
A super small production at only 341 cases. The flavor reminded me of an English style lemon clotted cream. It was a nice balance of vanilla from the oak to give it a touch of perceived sweetness. Would be the perfect wine for a seafood scampi, prawns, alfredo, or lobster. Whats better with lobster than butter, and the wine brings out the natural sweetness even more. - $1.50 Sample
Tusock Jumper Rosé. France, 2016:
Made from 15 to 20 year old Grenache vines planted in Southern France. This has always been a staff favorite, especially for our Sunday gal Shereatha. It was originally her love of this wine that brought it into the store at all, and we are usually the only place you can find it stocked on the shelf in Ohio. A great everyday price for a traditional Provence style rose. Well balanced with very fresh and fruity aromas. Flavors of strawberries and juicy red currants flow into a round full finish. - $1.00 Sample
Calina Reserva Carmenere. Central Valley, Chile, 2017: Recognized year after year as a “Best Buy” winery by multiple wine critics. Treated like a much smaller production high end red with a multi-day cold soak pre fermentation and aging in a mixture French and American oak barrels. Dark, nearly inky with intense aromas of ripe black cherries, blackberries, and a touch of spice. Balanced, soft tannins, but rich and juicy fruit on the palate. - $1.00 sample
Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon. North Coast, California, 2016:
Made by Nine North Wines with winemaker, Charles Hendricks. The first vintage was produced in 2000 after being convinced to take 20 extra tons of Cabernet Sauvignon from a friends Napa vineyard. The barrels were labeled as “Twenty Bench” referring to the twenty tons of grapes that came from the bench vineyard and the name stuck. These days production has exceeded the leftovers from that vineyard in Napa, and now includes some additional Sonoma fruit.
“...a ripe black berry core, twining with blackberry syrup, a subtle minerality, with the smokiness of charred French oak on the nose. The mouth is creamy and dense, with layered of juicy berries, the darkest of dark chocolates, rich espresso and black pepper. The wine is well-balanced and drink well in its youth.” - $1.50 Sample