Don't panic, you didn't miss my blog post on the "main event" of our trip, which was the Nota Bene release party at Black Hills. I'm leaving that one for last.
Tonight's blog post features a small tasting at Nk'mip; why small, you ask? Well, we didn't have time to get there on Saturday, so we had to get up early on Sunday morning, after the Nota Bene party, and drag our not-feeling-quite-100% asses to Nk'mip, which we didn't want to miss. The winery is quite beautiful, notwithstanding the "beware of rattlesnake" signs on the trails as you drive up.
They allow tasting of two wines for free; after that, 4 more for only $3. Given that it was 10 AM and I really wasn't that excited about tasting wine, we just stuck to the two freebies.
2009 Quam Qwmt Meritage ($24.99)
Notes of mint, tobacco and chocolate waft over the nose. The palate is overwhelmed by red fruits on a long, lovely finish. 88.
2009 Quam Qwmt Syrah ($34.99)
Blueberries, blackberries and a hint of spice on the nose. Some cold cuts, pepper and plums on the palate. Nice now but a couple more years in the bottle will enhance. 87.
2010 Mer'r'iym ($50.00)
Pronounced (mur'eem') means marriage, indicated a perfect marriage of varietals. The five Bordeaux blends mix well to create a beautifully balanced merger of tobacco, spice, smoke and blueberries. Another one that drinks well now but would love some more time to fully open up and reach it's potential. 90.
2013 Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine ($60.00)
Regular readers of my blog may remember that the 2012 version of this was (and still is) the only wine I rated a perfect 100. Can the 2013 measure up?
No, of course not....but it's pretty damn close. Pears, peaches, honey, apricot....just imagine every lovely flavor in the world, and it's in here somewhere. Silky and smooth, and at the same time viscous and decadent. Just freaking brilliant. 98.
Luckily for us, they still had a handful of bottles of the 2012 Riesling Icewine so we didn't have to "stoop" to buying only a 98 :-)
I'm sure they are sold out by now, but I'll be quite happy to buy the '13 once we drink the 2012. Amazing.