Kentucky Wine Affair - Wednesday Review8/20/2013
|Is Bourbon being replaced as the State's most renown beverage?|
|Derby, Blue Grass, Mint Juleps, Tractors, and ... Grapes?|
Broad Run Vineyards.
|Me and my wingman Darlene, on a mission seeking great wine.|
|First Stop- Broad Run Vineyards Est. 1992|
Established in 1992, Broad Run is one of the oldest Vineyards in Kentucky. Still a blossoming young thing as far as Vineyards go, but practice is certainly making perfect this establishment. For a mere $10 you can taste around 20 vintages from Broad Run's wide selection. Expecting more sweet varieties, I was surprised to find Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah on the list next to the Gala, Rosette, and Strawberry selections. Terry, a permanent fixture in the tasting room, did a great job educating us on the history, and flavor profile of the region, bringing special attention to a few of the "off menu" items. Feeling thirsty, I happily tried one of everything finding my favorites right away. Quite a few surprises jumped out at me, including a lovely 2009 dry Riesling. Riesling is more widely known as a sweeter dry wine (a bit sweet for my taste), however this day I discovered the un sweet version of Riesling, which I have to say suited my taste profile perfectly. A tad milder than a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir, I enjoyed the dry grassy taste with a hint of acidity at the end.
|A Jalapeño Jack made by Kenny's Farm House Cheese complimented our tasting well.|
A few other varieties to highlight were the "Frankly Scarlet" Cab/Syrah blend which went down spicy, and smooth, and "Red Butler" full of rich, warm notes. My favorite sample, by far came with a great story, the 1999 Cabernet Reserve, which came from a banner drought year creating an award worthy full flavor. For those looking for a nice sweet, fruity wine, the Strawberry was out of this world. You could smell the intoxicating fragrance of the red fruit from across the room, and the flavor was perfection.
|Try "Frankly Scarlet" and pair with a juicy steak.|
|Milla Nova Winery near Louisville, Ky|
I began with a crisp Pinot Grigio which held a hint of sweetness. Unlike other Kentucky wines, I noticed immediately that MN's selections lacked the "green" after taste many other vineyards I'd tried, carried. When I commented as such John assured me that was due to their high standards when choosing their grapes.
|Owner John Miller and his award winning selection.|
|An Award winning Cab worth the travel to taste it.|
|A Wine Kentucky should be proud of.|
Inspired by the Derby favorite "Mint Julep", I was skeptical that they could actually accomplish something so unique. Yet, as I pulled away from that first taste, my eyes widened in awe... they did it. A well balanced honey and mint flavor slid smoothly down my throat. You would think it would be too sweet, or too minty, and not even taste like a wine... but amazingly it did. Words escape me to truly explain the Mint Julia, all I have to say, is that you should buy some today and try it for yourself because it is spectacular.
|Thank you John and Donna for an exceptional experience.|