You guys. Next week is supposed to be the start of Spring, but I am seeing that there is a snowstorm scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday. Do you think that Mother Nature knows that A. It's my birthday week, B. It's Spring, C. It's almost April, and D. We are going to NYC next weekend with Mom and Dad and I don't want the sidewalks to be all snowy and slushy? Also, I don't want to have to shovel my driveway again. We need to get a snowblower. Hopefully Matt gets home without a problem so that he can help me shovel if this storm does come. He is in Florida right now (that lucky duck). My dad flew down there last weekend (another lucky duck) and Matt decided last minute that he was going to join him. It makes me happy that Matt and my dad are pals and enjoy spending time together. Not every family is as lucky, so as the kids say...#blessed.
Assuming that all goes OK next week, we will be sending out our first Wine Club shipment of 2018. I sent out an email today to everyone in our newsletter group to let them know what our Wine Club members would be receiving. Our Signature Mixed Club will get a bottle of our 2017 Viognier, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2013 Reserve Merlot. Our Signature Red Club will get a bottle of 2014 Meritage (at a special price), 2013 Reserve Merlot, and our 2015 Merlot. Our Reserve Club will receive a bottle of 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and our 2015 Merlot. We are almost sold out of our 2014 Petit Verdot and our 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon which is why we are sending that out to our Reserve Club members again, but we are sending out 2 wines that are being newly released, and I'm going to give you the tasting notes for both of them!
Our 2017 Viognier:
Asian pear, honeysuckle, kiwi, and hints of rose petal aromatics, along with crisp green apple and apricot flavors, lead to a clean mid-palate with fresh acidic finish. Pair with greens, shellfish, sushi, and fondue. This is 100% Viognier, was fermented in stainless steel, and was aged sur-lie in neutral French oak for 5 months with battonage every 2 weeks. Only 50 cases were bottled of this limited, estate-grown wine.
Our 2015 Merlot:
Black cherry and ripe plum with cedar and coconut oak bouquets are accompanied by elements of blackberry tart with nuances of cocoa, ground pepper and smoke. A rich, medium bodied wine with structured tannins and a balanced finish is marvelous now, but will develop further with additional aging. A grilled flat iron steak, duck confit, or dark chocolate decadence would be enhanced with the pairing of this wine. Just like all Karamoor wines, it is grown from our estate grown grapes the wine is a classic Right Bank blend of 83% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. 25% new oak was used during the 13 months of barrel aging, which was predominantly French and American oak with smaller percentages of Hungarian as well.
We did these tasting notes yesterday (and it was the first time I had tasted these wines in a while), and let me tell you! You are going to love them. The Viognier is delicious - great fruit, and good crisp acidity, perfect for the warmer months that should be forthcoming (if March remembers that it is Spring next week). The 2015 Merlot is probably, what I'd consider to be, our best Merlot that we've made to date. It is really excellent (and I'm not even a Merlot fan). It has great mid palate. If I were comparing our 2013 Merlot and our 2015 Merlot, I'd say that the 2015 Merlot has more heft than the 2013, it also has a touch more tannin. Let us know what you think of these wines when you get them. We plan to release the 2015 Merlot in the fall at some point, but the 2017 Viognier will be released in April!
I hope that you have some great plans for the weekend. I am going to hang out with some friends tonight after the gym, and then spend the weekend with my puppy dogs. I miss them so much during the week while I am at work, so I try to make up for it on the weekends. On Sunday, I am going to do my best to finish a few projects around the house - I don't want to say too much about them because I think that my husband is one of the only people that read this blog...and it's kind of a surprise for him! Until next time....