Banner Elk Winery Tasting & Other NC Wines

Tasted Friday, July 4, 2008 - Saturday, July 5, 2008 by vinole with 932 views

Flight 1 - Banner Elk Winery (8 Notes)

While on vacation near Boone, NC, I decided to visit the nearby winery in Banner Elk. The wines were generally low quality as expected, but there were a few wines that were worth drinking, though generally overpriced for the quality level as is usually the case with most non-West Coast wines.

  • NV Banner Elk Winery Seyval Blanc 84 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    Hybrid varietal similar to sauvignon blanc. Light bodied, very dry, with flavors of mango and passionfruit, with a creamy texture and crisp finish.

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  • 2006 Banner Elk Winery Chardonnay 86 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    Light bodied with little oak (aged in uncharred French oak), and nice crisp acidity in more of a Burgundian style. Clean fruit flavors of apple, with a touch of butteriness. Tied with the cab as my favorite wine, so I bought this for $20 and passed on the cab at $30.

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  • 2006 Banner Elk Winery Steuben High Country Rose 74 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    Tangy red fruit with an awkward glyceriny finish that was also somewhat sour. Worst wine I've had in awhile.

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  • 2006 Banner Elk Winery White 81 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    Blend of Viognier, Golden Muscat, and Chardonnay. Musky flavor I believe from the muscat, that is slightly sweet on the entry but drier on the finish with a little mango notes again.

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  • 2007 Banner Elk Winery Francesco Rosina 81 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    A blend of sangiovese and alicante. Light bodied, with some simple cherry flavors and acidity and a glyceriny texture that I would never associate with Tuscan reds.

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  • NV Banner Elk Winery Banner Elk Red 79 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    Blend of Villard Noir, Marechal Foch, and Chamboucin. Earthy nose, red fruit flavors, with a funky glycerin finish I often associate with non-vinifera Southern reds. They had just sold out of this, which perplexed me given the better choices available.

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  • 2004 Banner Elk Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 86 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/4/2008)

    Medium bodied with good intesity, nice balance with light tannins. Tastes like a cab should, and good to have a vinifera wine after some of the others. A pretty nice wine, but not at $30.

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  • NV Banner Elk Winery Blueberry 82 Points

    USA, North Carolina

    (7/4/2008)

    Wonderful, concentrated taste of blueberry, but was not as sweet as it should of been to offset the strong acidity, making for an unbalanced wine. Either needed less acidity or more sweetness (preferably the latter). An easy pass at $30.

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Flight 2 - Charlotte Airport Wine Bar (4 Notes)

While waiting for my return flight, I decided to go by the Wine Bar in Concourse D which features wines from all over NC, by the bottle, by the glass, or what I chose, tastes of any four wines for $7. The pourer was actually very knowledgeable about wine from all over the world. Shelton looks to be a winery worth checking into further and is readily available in NC stores. I intend to check it out when I next visit my mom, who lives only an hour away from it.

  • 2006 Westbend Vineyards Viognier 81 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/5/2008)

    A funky nose I did not find very appealing (unlike floral noses commonly found in the varieatal), but better on the palate with a slightly sweet entry, but finishing drier. Fruit forward flavors of mango with little acidity to balance it out.

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  • 2007 Shelton Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 85 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/5/2008)

    In a light typical CA style, with nice intensity, relatively low acidity, and some spiceness. Good, clean fruit with citrus flavors, but no grassiness or vegetal notes.

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  • 2004 RayLen Carolinius 81 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/5/2008)

    Mostly red fruit on the entry and more of dark fruit on the finish with some fairly high acidity. Also had some glycerin texture and some spiciness very unlike most Bordeaux blends I have had.

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  • 2005 Shelton Vineyards Cabernet Franc 88 Points

    USA, North Carolina, Yadkin Valley

    (7/5/2008)

    I found this to be a textbook cab franc, with dark cherry flavors, a lovely nose, with lower acidity than most, light to medium bodied, and about a 25 sec finish. No vegetal or green notes as commonly found in Loire CF's. Can be purchased in NC stores for $12-16, and would recommend buying at that price.

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