Literally across the street from The Chase, the difference between the two wineries shows you just how winery management and philosophy can make or break a winery. We'll see which of the two is thriving in a few years. I have an idea, but let's keep our eyes on them and see.
Friendly staff, but a tiny bit more training is required to work in a tasting room. You'll understand that comment in a minute.
Prices below do include tax
Intrigue Wines 2016 Gewurztraminer ($16.90)
Light nose of red roses and lychee. Lychee and a tiny bit of white pepper on the palate, which is better than the nose. Not a bad wine for the price. 88.
Intrigue Wines 2016 Social White ($14.90)
68% Riesling, 27% Gewurztraminer, 2% Muscat Canelli, 2% Kerner, and 1% Ehrenfelser
The definition of an aromatic blend; light nose of green apple and peach. Flavors of peach, pear, green apple and citrus. For the price, very respectable. 87.
Intrigue Wines 2016 Social Rosé ($16.90)
87% Riesling, 7% Rotberger, 5% Merlot, and 1% Malbec
I could be wrong, but I'm sure this is the only Rosé I have encountered that is Riesling-based. Aromas of strawberry and rhubarb. The palate might notice some strawberry and red apple flavors. Again, a decent wine for the price. 87.
It's at this point in our story where my comment from above will make sense. As I was tasting this, I inquired as to the vintage, and I was told it was NV (no vintage). When I questioned that, the young lady helping us out told me that "ALL red wine is actually NV because the grapes always come from different years".
YIKES. That's one I haven't heard before.
Intrigue Wines 2016 Social Red ($18.90)
92% Cabernet Franc/8 Malbec
Aromas of red cherry, cassis and spice. Flavors include cassis and raspberry. Very, very short finish. 85.
Intrigue Wines 2016 I DO Bubbly ($19.90)
Same percentage of grapes as in the rosé.
Intense aromas of green and red apple. Apple, strawberry and raspberry on the palate. 85.
Clearly this winery is catering to a specific, budget-conscious clientele, as there isn't a single wine in their portfolio that retails for over $25, including tax. That is an important segment of the market of course.
Next up: oh boy....I don't even know what to say about this next winery. It's called Blind Tiger, it's our first visit here, and it is a visit that none of us will EVER forget. Tune in, true believers! You won't want to miss this one.