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Amy Bennett
 
September 21, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Jo Mamma's Sweet Rosé

 
Ah, what would Noisy Water Winery be without Jo Mamma’s line of wines? Our flagship wines of Jo Mamma’s White and Jo Mamma’s Red sweet table wines have won us many loyal followers (including yours truly) and, in recent years, our red and white have been joined by a few new “sisters”, most notably Mango Tango and Very Berry, which have become extremely popular in their own right, with very distinctive flavor profiles.

Then along came little sister, Sweet Rosé, and demanded her own moment in the spotlight.

Showcasing a gorgeous shade of sunset pink and offering a bouquet of tulips, melons, and peaches on the nose, Jo Mamma’s Sweet Rosé is the perfect summer wine. Sweet, yet light bodied, with a refreshing burst of pomegranate on the palate and a clean, sweet berry finish, it appears deceptively demure but don’t let it fool you! Noisy Water blended Black Muscat grapes with Barbera grapes to produce a wine that’s dangerously easy to drink, a welcome respite from warm summer days and making the summer evenings with friends so enjoyable.


Jo Mamma's Sweet Rose
Jo Mamma's Sweet Rose
$20.00

Jo Mamma's favorite rosé!  
Sweet. Medium Bodied. Refreshing
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Like most rosés, Jo Mamma’s Sweet Rosé is the epitome of summer wine drinking. Pair it with a patio full of friends and a spicy spread of Mexican food; make it the supporting star at a bachelorette party; lounge by the pool with a glass; or try to match the colors of the sunset in the evening as you enjoy a glass with a special friend. Whichever way you choose, Jo Mamma’s Sweet Rosé is sure to attract several new admirers and loyal followers… so join the club!

“Everybody has a Big Momma: the mother or the grandmother who tells it like it is, keeps it real with them, isn’t afraid to tell you the truth about yourself.”
—Martin Lawrence
Jo Mamma's Sweet Rose
Bailey Riddle
 
September 19, 2020 | Bailey Riddle

You're invited...

hey friend.
YOU ARE INVITED.
Tighty Whitey is even brighter and fresher than before. 
Come try it - you'll see.
 
Did you know Tighty Whitey is a charity wine?
A portion of the proceeds from this wine are donated to local charities and as scholarships for higher education. 
GET MORE INFO!

Cheers Friends
Bailey Riddle
 
September 17, 2020 | Bailey Riddle

Harvest Update!

slowing down, sort of…
Harvest Update

We are in the final stretch of grape harvest! With summer temperatures climbing in early June, we received and crushed most of our grapes before Labor Day weekend - we normally expect to be harvesting into mid-October! What might we do with this unexpected lull in September? We have plans…
 

Though wine crush is slowing down, we are staying just as busy with fruit from our neighbors in the Hondo Valley. We are receiving beautiful apples and pears by the bin.  We will be making fresh Uncle Dick's Hard Cider to pour for you out of our Silo Bar at Enchanted Vine. Our Silo Bar is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
 
The Enchanted Vine Barn is also where we will be celebrating the release of the new Tighty Whitey.  You heard the buzz about the new label, but have you tasted the wine?  This batch is made with grapes from the Forbidden Desert Vineyard - which means the grapes were obsessively cared for by the famous Uncle Richard (Uncle Dick).  The new Tighty Whitey White is even brighter, cleaner, and more crisp than prior vintages.
 
Tighty Whitey White

A light floral nose with a middle of mingling pear and honey.  Subtle hints of chamomile and ginger add to a pleasing finish.

$20
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Come see us on October 3rd from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm to try the new Tighty Whitey and enjoy the celebration that marks the conclusion of harvest. 
 
How does this harvest compare to prior years? First, it was early and hot! Once again 2020 caught us off-guard…. damn you 2020.  Second, there was an influx of the bird population in New Mexican vineyards which left many vines picked over by birds before harvest.  This means the harvest was lean and batches will be slightly smaller.  If you fall in love with a 2020 vintage New Mexico wine, stock up - they will likely be more limited than prior years!

The grapes though… well, the birds were right.  It is BEAUTIFUL quality fruit and we will be eager to put the final product in the bottle!  By the end of October we will be bottling 2020 white and
rosé wine, the remaining 2018 red wine, and some of the 2019 red wine.  November is going to be a month of welcoming new wines to the Noisy family - just in time for the holiday season!
 
 
Back at the Forbidden Desert Vineyard were the living isn't easy, Richard is already strategizing for next year. He is busy mowing, mending soil, repairing trellises, and winter fertilizing.  He is also prepping old blocks of the vineyard so we can plant new vines in the spring.  As usual, he is obsessing over every detail and tending to the vines with the upmost care.

Richard's love of the Forbidden Dessert isn't unjustified - this vineyard (and his love for it) produces amazing grapes. 

Have you tried these Forbidden Desert favorites?

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2019
Skin-Fermented Chardonnay

• Buttery •
• Subtle Spice •
• Tart Apple •
$33.00
2019
Nuevo Nouveau

• Ripe Berry •
• Medium Body •
• Low Tannins •
$29.00
2019
Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc

• Bold Mouth Feel •
• Juicy Peach •
• Soft Tannins •
$33.00
2019
Nuevo Verde

• Young •
• Bright Citrus •
• Crisp Finish •
$27.00
Amy Bennett
 
September 14, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Pinot Grigio

 
When we were kids, nothing tasted better on a hot summer day than an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Now as an adult, think of Pinot Grigio as lemonade for grown ups!

Because Noisy Water is located in the southern part of New Mexico, we know all about hot summers, even though we’re in the cool pines. Our 2018 Pinot Grigio makes the heat more bearable with its crisp acidity and refreshing citrusy notes. You can almost feel the crunch of a juicy green apple with the first sip. 

Pinot Grigio is the second most popular white wine in America and probably outsells every other wine during the hotter months of the year. Born in France as Pinot Gris (“gris” referring to the grayish-blue color of the grape skins), it migrated north to Switzerland then to northern Italy where it became known as Pinot Grigio. It became the most popular white wine in Italy, then the most popular imported white wine in the US. Thanks to our southern New Mexico climate, we have a domestic Pinot Grigio that can rival any import!


2018 Pinot Grigio
2018 Pinot Grigio
$27.00

We wanted to take one of our favorite varietals and obtain clean, crisp perfection in a bottle. Enjoy!
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Its crisp acidity pairs well with any kind of decadent, buttery dishes, seafood in particular. Pair it with creamy, rich cheeses to start off a meal or enjoy it with a light lunch of salad with grilled chicken. My favorite way to enjoy it is when the sun goes down and the coolness of the evening echoes the chilled Pinot Grigio in my glass. I raise my glass and offer a toast to the friends and loved ones sharing the bottle. I take a sip and….

It’s almost as if some of the stars fell into my wine glass!



“Pinot Grigio girls: Pour your heart out. Watch your blues turn gold.”
—Lady Gaga, “Grigio Girls”
2018 Pinot Grigio
 
Amy Bennett
 
September 8, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Demigod

 
“Demigod”, by definition, is half human, half god, and Bacchus is the Roman god of the grape-harvest, winemaking, and wine. And certainly, there is something heavenly in a glass of Noisy Water Winery’s 2018 Demigod!

Cabernet Sauvignon is generally a dry red that is rich in tannins and, to a certain extent, a little intimidating to novice wine drinkers. Demigod, however, is true to its namesake and loves to be loved (according to the dictionary, “demigod” is also defined as one “who is greatly admired and respected”) and therefore is a little easier on a wider range of palates.

Semi-dry and medium-bodied, 2018 Demigod is a wine for all times and for all tastes. Not as dry as most Cabernet Sauvignons, it bursts with juicy red sweet cherries and dark fruits with a hint of vanilla and a smooth finish. It makes an excellent wine for the warmer summer months when stronger tannins are not as desirable. Demigod has become one of Noisy Water’s most popular wines and it’s easy to see why!


2018  Demigod
2018 Demigod
$20.00

An homage to the first lover of wine: the mythical Roman god Bacchus, born part mortal and god (better known as a demigod)
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This wine is perfectly at home at a white tablecloth-covered meal but it shines most at the patio or picnic table, with a steak or burger fresh off the grill… or in front of the TV with a pizza and good friends. The balance of this semi-dry red makes it a wine that’s perfect for just about every palate, encouraging sweet drinkers to venture into reds, and still dry enough to please most dry drinkers.

Pop a cork on a bottle of 2018 Demigod and prepare to experience the nectar of the gods!



“Did someone just call me the wine dude?” he asked in a lazy drawl.
“It’s Bacchus, please. Or Mr. Bacchus. Or Lord Bacchus.”

—Rick Riordan, “The Mark of Athena”
2018 Demigod
 
Amy Bennett
 
August 24, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Big Legs Red

 
If there is one thing Noisy Water Winery is known for, it’s for making great wines. But it’s also known for not taking itself too seriously. This touch of whimsy, coupled with a passion for making good wines to suit every palate is what led to the blend called Big Legs Red.

“Legs” is the term used to describe the streaks of wine that run down the inside of the glass when you swirl the wine. They represent how much alcohol is in the wine. While Big Legs Red doesn’t have an unusually high amount of alcohol for a red wine, it’s a fun take on a common wine term and Big Legs Red is nothing if not fun!

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Barbera grapes, at first glance, it would seem that Big Legs would be an extremely dry blend. However, it sidles onto the nose with a dark red fruit bouquet, teasing with a slight spiciness, before stepping into a jammy berry middle with a finish as smooth as silk.


2018 Big Legs Red
2018 Big Legs Red
$24.00

A crowd-pleasing nod to the streaks of beautiful red wine that trickle down the side of the glass after you swirl it around.
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If you have a variety of palates to please, Big Legs Red steps up to challenge. Pair it with snacks—a cheese and fruit board or salsa and chips—and wait for the party to begin! Not too dry, not too sweet, it’s a perfect wine for every occasion where fun is the main item on the menu.

“I don't mind your showing me your legs. They're very swell legs and it's a pleasure to make their acquaintance.”
—Raymond Chandler, “The Big Sleep”
2018 Big Legs Red
 
Time Posted: Aug 24, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Amy Bennett
 
August 17, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Pinot Noir

“Pinot Noir is the ultimate wine to have at the table.”
— Kevin Zraly, American wine educator


What? Were you expecting Miles’ Pinot speech from “Sideways”?

If, as Miles asserts, that Pinot Noir “…can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really.” then that tells you all you need to know about Noisy Water Winery’s winemaker! (There, happy now???)

Pinot Noir grapes grow well alongside Chardonnay grapes (they are both grown in our Forbidden Desert Vineyard in Engle, New Mexico), and Pinot Noir can be made into a red, white, rosé, or sparkling wine. And mark your calendar, August 18 is Pinot Noir Day! 

Grown in one of the most inhospitable regions of the US for this particular varietal, Noisy Water’s 2017 Pinot Noir is not your typical Pinot Noir. Fuller bodied with stronger tannins, it has an undertone of warm spice mingling with dark cherries, segueing into a jammy, vanilla tannic finish. Dry, but smooth, it pairs well with aged cheeses and crisp apples or a rich cut of meat.


2017 Pinot Noir
2017 Pinot Noir
$40.00

Explosive cherries with a backbone of dark fruit, perfectly married into a jammy, vanilla tannic finish.
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Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most popular light-bodied red wines, but Noisy Water’s more robust vintage is sure to gain a new following for Pinot Noir from drinkers of drier red varietals. Easy to sip, it calls for a good book in front of the fire or a group of good friends around a campfire. Either way, 

Okay, one more quote: “Only somebody who really takes the time… to understand Pinot’s potential… can then coax it into its fullest expression.” I think it’s safe to say that Noisy Water Winery has that “somebody”.

 
2017 Pinot Noir
Amy Bennett
 
July 29, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah

 
As most of you know by now, I am not a huge fan of dry red wines. My appreciation of them is growing slowly, mainly due to the gentle coaxing of my husband, who loves dry reds, and the wide variety of dry red wines produced by Noisy Water Winery. Many have a tannin structure that is smooth and respectful of palates such as mine.
2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah in grass

But then along comes a dry red wine that refuses to be polite, refuses to wait to be asked in. Instead of a well-mannered knock at the door, it comes crashing through a wall like the Kool-Aid man… without the sugary sweetness.

Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is one of the darkest, full-bodied red wines in the world. Depending on the climate where it is grown, it can be full of dark fruit flavors of blackberries and boysenberries with a rich, jammy finish, or it can snap with the spiciness of clove or licorice or pepper. In our 2017 Winemaker’s Select Syrah, Noisy Water has hit a perfect balance between the simplicity of Grandma’s homemade jam and the complexity of rich tannins and a subtle spiciness.


2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah
2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah
$38

Explosive berries, silky smooth body, followed by a beautiful embrace between tannins and spiciness.
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Syrah is a wine made for rich, bold meals. Pair it with a steak dinner and make sure there are bleu cheese crumbles on the salad AND on the steak (trust me on this!) Barbecue and spicy adobo sauces build up a chicken meal to match the tannins in Syrah. Go crazy and indulge in a rich, dark chocolate dessert with a glass of Syrah. But whatever you do, be as bold as the wine. As the poet Homer wrote, “A decent boldness ever meets with friends.” 

And nothing pairs better with a great wine than great friends!

“In a world where bigger is better, Syrah is the ideal choice.”
--Madeline Puckette, “Wine Folly”

 
2017 Syrah
Time Posted: Jul 29, 2020 at 2:16 PM
Amy Bennett
 
July 20, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Besito de Coco

 

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Wine of the Week - Besito de Coco by Amy Bennett

“Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.” -- Evelyn Waugh, English writer (1903–1966)

Well, what did he know? (and I never really got into “Brideshead Revisited” anyway! ) As usual, Noisy Water takes the prevailing knowledge and turns it on its head!

Although actual “port” must come from Portugal in order to be labeled as such, wines that are aged with brandy and produced here in the States are commonly distinguished as “port-like” or “port-style”. It is typically served after dinner as a dessert wine because of its higher alcohol content and sweet finish, though it can be an intriguing wine to serve with a cheese course as well.

Besito de Coco is a port-like wine, fortified with brandy and embellished with a hint of chocolaty goodness. Unlike many port-style wines which are fuller bodied, richer, and heavier than most wines, with almost a syrup-like consistency, Noisy Water’s Besito de Coco is lighter bodied, still rich in flavor, but not as heavy on the tongue. It makes a fabulous dessert after a heavy meal if paired with fresh strawberries or raspberries, or it can be served as an accompaniment to a cheese course to balance the nutty saltiness of cheeses such as Gruyere or Asiago or sharp Cheddars.

 


Besito de Coco
Besito de Coco
$24.00
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Besito de Coco (750 mL)
Besito de Coco (750 mL)
$44.00
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No longer the wine once reserved for gentlemen to consume after a lavish dinner in a dark study while enjoying cigars, port-like wines are enjoying a surge in popularity by younger drinkers who don’t always want a big fancy dessert after dinner. Of course, it can be added to a cup of coffee to add another flavor dimension and help warm you up on a chilly night. But sipping on Besito de Coco on a starry summer night while making S’mores over an open campfire is something anyone of any age can enjoy and appreciate!
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Amy Bennett
 
July 6, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc

 

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Wine of the Week - 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc by Amy Bennett
The more I hang around Noisy Water Winery, the more I learn about wine and wine-making.

I learned that white wines can be made from both white and red grapes, because only the juice of the grapes is used, but only red grapes can make red wines because the skin is in contact with the juice during fermentation. Simple enough to learn! 

Then I learned about skin-fermented wines, also known as “orange” wines, which is the process used in making Noisy Water’s 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc is a versatile white wine grape. It can be made into sparkling wine; it can be light-bodied and crisp; it can be aged in oak and give Chardonnay a run for its money. Noisy Water’s winemaker went in a different direction and fermented the wine with the grape skins, giving the wine an amber-orange hue that gives it the name “Orange Chenin Blanc”. The result is a white wine with a fuller body and stronger tannin structure, yet crisp and refreshing at the same time.


2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
$30.00

Fermented with skin contact gives this Chenin Blanc bolder tannin structure, fuller body and an orange hue. 
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Harvested from 30+ year old vines from Noisy Water’s own Forbidden Desert Vineyard in Engle, NM, our 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc introduces itself with pear and stone fruit aromas and leads into a tannic finish that is soft and creamy, and yet has a refreshingly smooth citric finish.

While this wine pairs beautifully with lighter summer fare from the grill, such as salmon or shrimp, it’s light and easy enough to drink on its own. Just add good friends and a warm summer evening and you have a perfect pairing of wine and life!

“You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew”
 – “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”, lyrics by Judy Kuhn

2019 SKIN-FERMENTED CHENIN BLANC
 




Time Posted: Jul 6, 2020 at 12:43 PM

 

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