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I was surprised when my friend Martha Carpenter, wife of Pasando Tiempo Vintner, Chris Carpenter presented me with not 1, but 3 bottles - one of each of their first vintage of each of the varietals. Upon uncorking the Chardonnay at room temp, I thought the better of it and placed it in the fridge uncorked for about 20 or 30 minutes. My guest and I loved the bottle and the equisite dry mouth feel. Before uncorking bottle #2 a couple weeks later, this one the Malvasia Bianca, I gently enrobed it in a fresh blanket of ice for an hour and remembered Martha's tasting notes it should have fresh pear pineapple. Just as she said it was a high note of pear and pineapple, nice and dry on the tongue
but bright and crisp fruitiness. I have to admit, I have been hoarding my bottles and haven't yet dared open the final of the 3 bottles. I have no doubt it is destined to be my favorite - the red - a luscious blend Martha says will please for sure. I'm looking forward not only to that bottle, but the nuances some age will give to the first vintage of these three and future bottlings.
Spend a little time enjoying them my friends.
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100% from our own Corrales vineyards. This off-dry, somewhat fruity white wine displays notes of fresh ripe peaches, apricots and melon. Pairs extremely well with fish or spicy foods. $18
Notes of citrus blossom, crisp honeydew, fooling you into thinking the wine could be sweet, but finishes dry. This wine cleanses your palate with flavors of honey, ripe pears and fresh mandarin. Pairs well with Asian food, pork and seafood. $18
60% Baco Noir / 40% Merlot
With an earthy rustic nose, this smooth red wine reveals notes of plum, chocolate and leather. Pairs with traditional Italian food. $22
Opens up with the fresh, tropical scents of pineapple and citrus blossom, balanced by the smooth character of vanilla. Crisp apples, ripe pears, and peaches come through on the palate. Pairs well with poultry dishes, pork and seafood. $18
Estate Wine, single vineyard. Tres Rojos is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Syrah and 5% Zinfindel. This delightful wine displays hints of raspberry and blackberry with notes of sweet wood and smoke. Light bodied wine should be paired with bold cheeses, grilled steaks and stew. $26
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