Lots to taste and report on, so let's get started.
Seven Directions 2015 Rose ($24.26)
I can't remember if we were told why they were tasting this different label of wine, must be a connection somehow. Aromas of pink grapefruit, orange ride and strawberry. The grapefruit, thanksfully, subsides on the palate. Juicy and lovely. 89.
Volcanic Hills 2015 Pinot Gris ($15.69)
Pleasant aromas of pear, red apple and some minerality. Citrus dominates the palate, with well balanced acidity. Tasty. 90.
Volcanic Hills 2014 Gewurztraminer ($15.69)
Rose water and lychee on the nose. Slightly off-dry palate with notes of peach, citrus and grapefruit. 87.
Volcanic Hills 2014 Single Vineyard Gewurztraminer ($19.49)
Pleasing aromas of honeysuckle, lychee and roses. Just a hint of spice. Slightly sweeter than it's cousin above. Orchard fruits, lychee and citrus notes intertwine on the palate. This is really delicious and would pair beautifully with almost any spicy cuisine. 91.
Volcanic Hills 2013 Reserve Chardonnay ($25.00)
Light aromas of oak, vanilla and citrus. Pineapple on the palate. Light and fresh. 87.
Volcanic Hills 2013 Magma Red ($15.59)
Aromas of cherry, raspberry and a hint of spice. Black cherry, strawberry and black plum flavors. Just a hint of pepper shows itself on the finish. A good bargain. 87.
Volcanic Hills 2011 Pinot Noir ($21.79)
Earthiness dominates the nose. Mushroom, forest floor and dark cherry. The palate is light and closed off, suggesting this still needs quite a bit of time to develop the flavors. 86.
Volcanic Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ($26.00)
Black currant, blackberry and raspberry on the nose. Black fruit on the juicy palate, hints of vanilla and pepper on the long finish. 89.
Volcanic Hills 2011 Late Harvest Zweigelt ($17.39)
Aromas of fig and raisins. Those follow through to the palate, joined by some pleasing strawberry. 87.
Volcanic Hills 2015 Pinot Noir Icewine ($26.10)
Strawberry, tangerine, citrus and honeysuckle on the nose and the palate. Juicy, sweet and terrific. 89.
Volcanic Hills 2015 Chardonnay Icewine ($26.10)
Aromas of orange marmalade, lemon meringue pie and honey. The orange and citrus follow down to the palate, with a touch of vanilla creme brulee as well. So good. 90.
Volcanic Hills 2015 Riesling Icewine ($26.10)
Strong aromas of lemon curd. Lemon dominates the palate, with sweet lemon meringue pie flavors mixing in with a touch of honey. 89.
Volcanic Hills 2012 Zweigelt Icewine ($26.10)
Peach, strawberry and raisins on the nose. Some beautiful hints of milk chocolate joins the fruit on the palate. The time in the bottle has brought out some terrific characteristics. 90.
Nice to get to try a bunch of different kinds of dessert wines, my favorite....and lots of good table wine as well. Always an underrated winery!
Next up: A special private tasting at Cedarcreek!