Thank you to all our loyal wine club members who joined us this past weekend at the winery for our Friends of FEW Family Reunion, it was a blast! At the party this year we gave our members a special chance to be winemakers for the day, and they had the opportunity to pick one of three red blends from the 2010 vintage as our “Members Only” wine for next year. Each person at the party “blind tasted” the wines and then had their chance to vote for a favourite, that will be blended, bottled, and shipped out in the spring of 2012. If you are not already a member, check out our Wine Club to find out more!
And the results are in… The winner is wine option C !!!
Blend "C" took home a majority (56%) of the votes, followed by Blend "A" with 29% and Blend "B" with 15%! Our members can be excited about this wine - it is a delicious blend of three classic grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) that even now in its youth is showing beautiful balance between ripe black fruit, herbal notes and some barrel derived characters like smoke and tar. It is a big wine, with ripe tannins and an intense finish. I think that this wine will have great aging potential for at least a few years in your cellar (if you can wait that long)!
For those of you at the party, here is what you tasted and a bit of info on each for those interested in the details… I am proud to say I was fairly tight-lipped about it the day of!
Blend A (40% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc):
A blend of some of the best grape varieties that we had to work with from a fantastic vintage for red wines! This wine had lifted aromatics and was quite fragrant with notes of lavender and crushed black pepper, while being full-bodied with a slight tannic edge (just showing its youthful nature)! The blend was 40% new oak (20% Cab Franc from a new Hungarian oak barrel and 20% Cab Sauv from a new American oak barrel). There was a lot of stuff going on in this wine, which I think puzzled some of the tasters at the party!
Blend B (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc):
Classic blend that was probably the most “drinkable” wine at the moment, but probably the least desirable for long-term aging. The Merlot component of the blend was from our Estate vineyards, while the Cab Franc was from a great grower that we started working with this past vintage. I think this wine was very put together at the moment. Although it wasn’t the “biggest” wine, it had a lot going on for it with nice red fruit/vanilla spice and would have been a great bistro or patio red wine!
Blend C (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot):
Another classic blend of grape varieties that I think struck a chord with tasters because of its beauty now, and its ability to age. Watch out for this wine on your front step this spring!
Thanks and I hope everyone who attended had a great time, It was a great party put on by Kim, Whitney, Jennifer and the rest of our terrific team!