Weekend Mini-Review- 2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs

I have had the chance to taste several wines from Biltmore Wines in North Carolina over the past several months.  The 2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs is the latest on the list.  This sparkling wine hails from the Russian River Valley instead of their North Carolina vineyards, which I must admit was a little disappointing to find out.  It is still a nice wine to try, especially if you are visiting the beautiful estate.

This Brut is 100% Chardonnay with 12.2% alcohol.  The nose has lively notes of citrus and yeast.  Tart lemons and pear mingle in your mouth and are followed with a semi-dry finish.  This sparkler packs plenty of lively acidity and is a perfect match for shellfish, brie, or d’Affinois cheese.  (B, $24.99)

For more info visit www.biltmore.com

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

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A Sparkling Wine Fit For the Holidays

Some of my fondest memories of North Carolina (I grew up a Carolina girl) are visiting the Biltmore Estate during the Christmas holidays.  The 8000 acre estate is simply magical this time of year…elegantly decorated with attention paid to every detail.  I can’t think of too many places that are more enchanted during the holidays.  When I received a bottle of Biltmore Estate 2008 Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise, I hoped uncorking it would give me a little piece of the Biltmore’s holiday wonder.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2008 Methode Champenoise is 100% Chardonnay.  88% of the grapes come from North Carolina and 12% from California.  It has 12.4% alcohol and retails for $35.  For more information see www.biltmore.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This sparkling wine pours a pale gold in the glass.  The nose has soft notes of citrus and a hint of baked bread.  The palate is a myriad of citrus flavors with lots of lemon, lime, and pineapple.  Notes of toasted almonds linger in the slightly bitter finish.  The small bubbles makes this brut easy to sip and I enjoyed the semi-dry finish.  This is definitely a great sparkling wine for the holidays and I would encourage you guys to grab a bottle if you are lucky enough to visit the Biltmore (or you can purchase a bottle off of their website).

My Wine Rating- B/B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This brut pairs perfectly with oysters, baked brie, or truffled popcorn.

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

 

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North Carolina Wine Has Come a Long Way- Biltmore Reserve Viognier 2010

I will be honest with you…the last time I had a wine from the Carolinas, I threw it out.  This is coming from a girl who spent the first 25 years of her life living in South Carolina before I ventured out to sunny, Southern California.  I was a little apprehensive when a bottle of North Carolina Viognier arrived from Biltmore Estates (a winery located on one of the most beautiful estates I have ever seen) but I am happy to say the wine from the Carolinas has come such a long way since I last had a glass. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Biltmore Reserve Viognier 2010 is 100% Viognier from North Carolina.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for $18.99.  For more information see www.biltmore.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Biltmore Reserve Viognier pours a pale gold in the glass.  The nose has invigorating aromas of lime, melon, and kiwi.  The palate is tangy and full of strawberry and citrus flavors.  The finish is unique with a healthy dose of acidity and some spicy, white pepper.  The wine could use a touch of elegance but overall I really enjoyed the wine.  If this is any indication of the progress of NC wines, I will have to another bottle soon!  Cheers!

My Wine Rating- B-

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine goes well with pan seared scallops, a spider roll (sushi), or grilled halibut.

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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