This tasting set for HCMS Women Physicians will feature two of our favorite wines at Nice Winery!
** To guarantee delivery, orders can be picked up at Nice Winery or can be shipped for $15 to a Houston address if orders are received by March 18. **
Each year, the Houston Rodeo Uncorked Wine Competition chooses a specific wine region to highlight for the annual contest. Wines from that region compete for additional awards and the right to be named Regional Class Champion. For the 2019 competition, the highlighted region was Central Coast, California. We are delighted that our first Bordeaux blend to include all 5 traditional grape varietals, produced with our friend and fellow winemaker Denise Valoff, was named Regional Reserve Class Champion amongst all of the Bordeaux style blends.
This blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc is a nod to the historic and famous wines of the left bank of Bordeaux. It was aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. 2014 was an uncharacteristically warm and dry year in the Central Coast region that translated into a powerhouse of a wine with nice structure and silky tannins. This wine is ready to drink now and does not need decanting. Pair with beef bourguignon or blue cheeses.
Tasting Notes: Black Cherry. Blueberry. Blackberry Jam. Roasted Mocha. Caramel. Christmas Spices.
The Yakima Valley is a special place to grow grapes. Parts of the valley are cool and breezy and parts of the valley can get as hot as Texas. This means that in a relatively small area, Yakima Valley has a number of micro-climates suited to growing many different types of grapes. Aromatic white varietals flourish on cooler upper hills. We asked our friend and fellow winemaker, Justin Neufeld, to be on the lookout for a special vineyard producing aromatic white grapes, particularly Rhone varietals like Grenache Blanc and Viognier. In 2016, Justin found the perfect, small family vineyard for our new white wine project. We went with him to inspect the vines. That day, the wine that is now known as Ariana was conceived.
Two years later, we were ready to release Ariana, our first white wine from Washington State. The wine is 54% Grenache Blanc and 46% Viognier grapes. Both of these French grapes are known for their floral aromas, brilliant color, and complex flavors.
We are in the process of making our 4th vintage of this wine. This vintage of Ariana is the best part of summer captured in a glass. On the nose, we smell notes of honeysuckle flowers and hints of gardenia. One sip and all we can think about is the fresh and crisp white peach and tart citrus flavors that seem to linger on the tongue forever. The finish is clean and refreshing.