PART ONE – Naked Mountain Winery
Even though the New Jersey Harvest Wine Festival was cancelled, due to Hurricane Sandy, I still dragged, well there wasn’t any dragging. Before I continue, let me just say that it is marvelous to have a significant other who shares my passions.
Now back to the review; while trekking through VA Bull Run Mountains we came upon “Naked Mountain Winery”. This was my second visit and the narrow curvy road still took my breath away. The narrow road did not intimidate the “Bat Mobile”. While I clinched the door, the Bat Mobile hugged the road and The Professional was enjoying the drive.
We received a “HELLO” that echoed throughout the tasting room. Being thoughtful, the Server separates us from the large young loud group that followed in behind us.
Our tasting began with a 2011 Reserve Viognier– full citrus flavors of grapefruit and pineapple; I’m picking up some toasty notes with a slight mineral finish. This is wine gets a star! $22
Next, 2008 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay – OH MY GOODNESS! I FOUND THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Crisp apple tones with a buttery finish. This is their signature white wine. This wine gets two (2) stars. $20
The third wine is 2011 Chardonnay/Riesling – Semi-sweet white wine, light citrusy, honeysuckle flavors. TASTY! $22
Fourth wine in the tasting is the 2011 Make Me Blush – a sweet rose; two percent residual sugar. Varietal: Cabernet Franc. NEXT! I’m not saying that it isn’t good, just too sweet for my palate. $16
We are then poured a wine that isn’t on the tasting sheet, Birthday Suit. “Thank you very much”. It’s a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Riesling. This is nice; I would buy it!
2011 Catamount Run Red – Soft, tart berry flavors; a blend of Cab Franc and Merlot. It’s “okay”. $18
2008 Scarlet Oak Red – Medium-bodied red wine that consist of Mourvedre, Tannat and Syrah. I love Tannat so, my excitement was building and then it deflated. $20
I’m really enjoying the Server knowledge of the wines/production. My displeasure of the past few wines are kept to myself; I just smile, listen and nod.
Next in the tasting is the 2008 Cabernet Franc – Another medium-bodied wine, soft and drinkable. Cab Franc is not one of my favorite varietal but I can enjoy this wine. $22
Raptor Red (Reserve) has an herbaceous nose – grassy, earthy and spicy flavors. A blend of the Winery’s 2007 & 2008 Bordeaux varietals. I like! Definitely purchasing a bottle. One (1) star!
2011 Old Vine Riesling – floral aromas, refreshing, a dry Riesling. Believe it or not, this wine contains 6% residual sugar. It’s not overly sweet – there’s a lightness with this wine; reminds me of “Juicy Juice”. $22 One (1) star
Naked Mountain has a Reserve Soar for $35. I dare not taste the Soar. It’s described as ripe fruit, molasses. Silky, French oak finish.
The Professional and I conversed and he turned up his nose. I gave a friendly reminder, “Babe, we’re tasting VA wines; we’re not in France”. 🙂 For the record, I love my VA wines, CA wines, Washington wines and International wines…You get the point. 🙂 This was a successful visit, next stop “Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn”.
The Professional loved “Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn”. Our favorite wine at Aspen Dale is Rockawalkin (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot- $42). While eating and sipping, he shared that we shouldn’t have wasted our time visiting the other vineyards. (Three Foxes – GROSS!)
Tonight (day after Thanksgiving), I pour a glass of Naked Mountain Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, which has a brilliant-glistening lemon-lime color, aromatic, floral aromas, crisp, citrus –sweet tart flavors with a buttery-creaming finish. YUM!
By the way, the Chardonnay goes well with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and sweet potato pie. The citrus flavors awaken with every forkful of pie (my tongue keeps running across my lips) DELICIOUS! Lip-licking 🙂
PART THREE – Wine = Eroticism
Wine does have an effect on the body and soul and it’s not about intoxication.
How many times have you tasted a wine that your eyes instantly close, head sways side to side, tongue runs across your lips-continuously and tingles runs through your body – ORGASMIC!
When you have this experience, purchase a case of wine for those long lonely nights or better yet with your significant other. 😉
On that note, SALUTE!