Wine Tasting for August 3, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on August 2, 2017

This Thursday we decided to have a little competition. We’re putting Kentucky wines to the test with some wines from way across the country, California.

Wine Tasting for Capital Cellars - Smith-Berry Chardonnay, Chloe Chardonnay, Lover's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

We’re tasting only two varietals. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. One red. One white. Your job is to tell us which is better, wines from our ole Kentucky home, or from that place all the way on the other side of the country. We’ll start pouring at 4pm and stop right at 7pm, unless there’s more call to taste. We hope to see you there!

Smith-Berry Chardonnay

“This full-bodied oaked Chardonnay spends 12-14 months in both French & American Oak giving it a buttery mouth feel.  With tasting notes of vanilla, melon and apricot.  The finish is creamy with enough acidity to keep it bright.” – Smith-Berry Winery

Chloe Chardonnay

“Chloe Sonoma County Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown primarily in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Chloe winemaker Georgetta Dane has highlighted the structure and depth of this fruit by using new and used oak as a secondary presence, rather than the focus, to showcase ripe, clean flavors of fresh citrus, apple and pear, with notes of creamy butter and a hint of vanilla. The resulting wine is exceptionally well-balanced with sophisticated intensity, a creamy mid-palate and long finish. The opulent, rich flavors coaxed from the grapes with soft oak integration is achieved through a combination of stainless steel and oak fermentation. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on oak, resulting in an elegant California Chardonnay with a silky finish.” – Chloe Wine Collection

Lover’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

“Lovers Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant Bordeaux-style wine offering an earthy bouquet, giving way to currant, tobacco and spice. French Oak adds a vanilla finish. This is THE wine for people who love rich reds. All Kentucky grown fruit.” – Lovers Leap Winery

Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

“Slow Press Cabernet undergoes malolactic fermentation and is then aged in American oak barrels for 9 months. This process delivers bold, concentrated flavors of dark fruits, blackberries and cassis, with notes of tobacco and leather. Its robust structure and firm tannins grip the taste buds, leaving a velvety finish.” – Slow Press Wines

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