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Noisy Water Winery

Amy Bennett
December 28, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Montepulciano


Wine Of The Week - 2018 Montepulciano by Amy Bennett


Montepulciano… few grape varietals evoke the romance of Italian wines, or inspire one to create a rich, poetic meal to share with friends and family. Well, feel free to tap your inner chef, we’ve got you covered on the wine!


Grown in southern New Mexico, Montepulciano is a harmonious balance of modern winemaking techniques with an overarching Old World theme. While many associate the name “Montepulciano” with a certain region in Italy and the wines that are produced there, Noisy Water has taken the namesake varietal and created a wine with a medium body (so as not to overwhelm the food with which it is served) and an explosive bouquet of sweet cherries, tobacco, and rich plum. Soft tannins and complex acidic notes make this wine as easy to drink on its own as with a meal.

2018 Montepulciano

With a deceptively light hue, this Montepulciano is sure to surprise you!


Pair it with an Italian seafood dinner swimming in a rich tomato sauce or serve it with a lighter, grilled meal in the warmer months. It’s an excellent dry red for warmer weather as well as cool evenings, not to heavy on tannins and with a bright, almost cranberry finish. Whenever you decide to open a bottle of Noisy Water’s 2018 Montepulciano, I guarantee it will make the moment memorable!


“Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai
(Age and glasses of wine should never be counted).”

— Italian proverb

Notes from the Winemaker!

Time Posted: Dec 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2018 Montepulciano Permalink
Sam Freed
December 23, 2020 | Sam Freed

Interactive Wine Tasting With The Winemakers!


Enjoy an interactive wine tasting with the winemakers as they guide you through a sensory analysis and scoring of the 2019 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay!

The Wine!

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit from 30 year old vines fermented in oak, then aged in oak to exhibit the beauty of the fruit, and its ability to become one with the oak.



A balanced buttery and vanilla finish leaves an aftertaste as bold and resilient as the vines it came from

Wine Specs


VARIETAL Chardonnay

APPELLATION Forbidden Desert Vineyard, Engle NM

HARVEST DATE 8/21/2019

SUGAR 23 Brix at Harvest

AGING Stainless Steel / Barrel Exposure- This was aged in French oak barrels with additional Oak Staves on finish, "Double Barrel" amounts of oak in Chardonnay. A true big Oaked Chardonnay.



Time Posted: Dec 23, 2020 at 10:56 AM Permalink to Interactive Wine Tasting With The Winemakers! Permalink
Amy Bennett
December 21, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay


Two years ago, Noisy Water Winery ventured into new territory… after nearly ten years of creating wines from grapes from other vineyards and growers, our winemaker acquired one of the largest vineyards in the state and started growing his own fruit. Despite the fact it was sadly neglected and in need of a lot of TLC, he took it, named it “Forbidden Desert Vineyard”, put it under the care of a master grower, and coaxed a harvest from 30-year-old vines. 

2019 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay, the fruit of that first harvest, was fermented in oak and aged in French oak barrels, giving it a definite oak profile that is characteristic of Chardonnays. A hint of fruit on the nose leads into a balanced, buttery finish of vanilla that calls to mind rich, baked Golden Delicious apples. 

2019 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay

Fruit from 30 year old vines fermented in oak, then aged in oak to exhibit the beauty of the fruit, and its ability to become one with the oak.


Chardonnays are commonly thought of being the quintessential Thanksgiving Day wine, but our  Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay will not be confined to a particular season or holiday. The buttery finish matches that of rich seafood dishes like crab, halibut, and linguine with clams or a decadent pork tenderloin with apples. Raise a glass and see the light shine through its clear, golden depths and bask in the glow of a truly fabulous wine!


“…a big voluptuous chardonnay is like Marilyn Monroe -round, bosomy - you can remember that chardonnay…”
— Karen MacNeil, author of “The Wine Bible”

Notes from the Winemaker!

Time Posted: Dec 21, 2020 at 10:48 AM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2019 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay Permalink
Hannah Perry
December 19, 2020 | Hannah Perry

Team Favorites


Featuring Tanis and her favorite wine

Today we are shining the spotlight on Tanis, a face you'll see regularly at the Noisy Water Winery tasting room in Ruidoso, NM and at Enchated Vine in Alto! 2016 Curtain Call is her favorite because this blend consists of all her favorite varietals (30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot).


Now that's what we call a show stopper!


Tanis loves to pair the 2016 Curtain Call with asiago cheese or a nice steak since it has similar and complimenting flavor profiles to red meats and nutty cheeses! Tanis enjoys the vanilla and blackberry notes of this dry red as well as the smooth and unique finish. She and her friends love sit back and hang out while they share a bottle.




Making an international award-winning, show-closing blend where each varietal takes a bow: 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot. 



Vanilla and black cherry on the nose, working into hints of pitted fruit and blackberries. Finishes bone dry and silky-smooth. A full bodied Bordeaux-style red blend using the finest grapes in the state; a must-try for all wine connoisseurs. 




Pair this with performing arts, or any reason for a Curtain Call.

Time Posted: Dec 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Team Favorites Permalink
Hannah Perry
December 16, 2020 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


Here's Why Wine & Cheese Taste So Good Together

Ever wonder why wine and cheese taste so good together? Why they are the perfect match made in heaven? Why they make each other taste better? Well, there is actually a science (and history) behind it! Records dating back hundreds of years show us that wine and cheese have been served together for generations. It is believed among wine historians that the concept of pairing wine and cheese originated in the early winemaking days of France. 




Science tells us that pairing foods and beverages that taste similar to one another improves the experience and that the similarities compliment one another, but the opposite can also be true! The fat in cheese and the acidity in wine compliment each other because of that very fact- they are opposites! If you consume fatty or oily foods/beverages, it makes your mouth feel slick, or even slimy. If you consume astringent foods/beverages like green tea and dry wines, it makes your mouth feel rough and dry. But if you consume these different compounds together, it creates a balanced and pleasing. "mouthfeel," which refers to the way foods feel in the mouth. No wonder cheese and wine pair so perfectly!


First, The Cheese.

Noisy Favorite Cheeses

Our Favorite Cheeses pack consists of Asiago, Chimayo Jack, Feta, Romano, and of course some Green Chile Cheddar and Green Chile Garlic Jack. Create a cheese board paired with wines for for a romantic night in or as the perfect snack platter for guests!




$64.00   $54.00

Next, The Wine.

2019 Wild Ferment Old Vine Pinot Noir

The dark berry fruit flavors in Pinot Noirs pair with the. nutty flavors found in asagio or gruyere. 

2019 Moscato

Moscatos have a light sweetness to them and pair with those pungent cheeses like gorgonzola or our feta!

2018 Sauvignon Blanc

Citrus mineral flavors found in our Sauvignon Blanc bring out the nutty and creamy flavors in toast cheese or romano.

2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernets tend to have high tannins, so a high fat cheese like cheddar can balance that flavor out. Delicious with our Green Chile Cheddar!

Time Posted: Dec 16, 2020 at 2:48 PM Permalink to Wine Geek Wednesday Permalink
Amy Bennett
December 14, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Sangiovese

A wine varietal closely identified with Italy has found a welcoming home in New Mexico’s vineyards.

Sangiovese is an Italian varietal that is typically medium-bodied and dry. Noisy Water has taken it in a lighter-bodied yet still Old World direction, with subtle nuances of oak and a finish of wild cherry. Earthy, with medium tannins and acidity, it’s a dry red wine that can carry the richness of burrata and other Italian cheeses yet complement hearty tomato-based dishes, whether served in a warm summer vineyard or on a chilly winter night.

The word “sangiovese” is believed to have come from “sanguis Jovis”, Latin for “blood of Jupiter”, the god of sky and thunder and the king of the gods in Roman mythology. The name was given to the wine by monks who lived near Monte Giove (Mount of Jupiter) in Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It is the grape used primarily in blending Chianti but Noisy Water’s winemaker decided to let this varietal stand on its own.

2017 Sangiovese

This dry red adds a New Mexico taste to this staple Italian varietal.

$18.00  $22.00

Striking a balance between traditionally rustic and fruit-forward, like blending a Currier and Ives Christmas with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra soundtrack, our 2017 Sangiovese is waiting for a place at your holiday table!


“Il vino fa buon sangue (good wine makes good blood)”
— Italian proverb

Notes from the Winemaker!

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2017 Sangiovese Permalink
Sam Freed
December 11, 2020 | Sam Freed

It's Time To Tango!

Mango Tango is back and every sip of her light-bodied beauty is like a tropical vacation!

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Jo Mamma's Mango Tango is back and every sip of her light-bodied beauty is like a tropical vacation!

The Wine!


Having a beach vacation in a glass, giving you the ability to step away from the hustle & bustle to enjoy a tropical paradise anywhere!



Gorgeous bouquet of orchard fruit dances with sweet, tree-ripened natural mango flavor, wrapping up with a delightfully sweet finish.

Wine Specs

VINTAGE Non Vintage


APPELLATION Mixed New Mexico Vineyards

ALCOHOL % 12.5



Bronze Medal – 2018 Finger Lakes International

Silver Medal – 2018 NM State Fair

Silver Medal – 2017 NM State Fair


Time Posted: Dec 11, 2020 at 9:15 AM Permalink to It's Time To Tango! Permalink
Hannah Perry
December 4, 2020 | Hannah Perry

For The Foodie In All Of Us


 Food Gift Sets


Balsamic Variety Pack

$40.00  $34.00

This variety pack includes 25 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Apple Balsamic Vinegar, Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar, Serrano Honey Balsamic Vinegar and Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar. Use our balsamic vinegar on sandwiches, soups or roasted vegetables, or make a homemade salad dressing by adding sea salt, pepper and olive oil.


Noisy Favorite Cheeses

$64.00  $54.00

Cheese has always been wine's best friend, so we wanted to make sure your wine experience with us is well-rounded and unforgettable. Our Favorite Cheeses pack is comprised of Asiago, Chimayo Jack, Feta, Romano, and of course some Green Chile Cheddar and Green Chile Garlic Jack. Create a cheese board paired with your favorite wines for the holidays


Olive Oil Variety Pack

$45.00  $38.00

Olive oil’s quality and taste are influenced by many things, just like wine! Geographic factors, timing of the harvest and varietal differences are all factors that influence the olive oil. Our oils are rich in flavor and slow infused to create high quality and delicious oils


Pistachio Pack

$52.00  $44.00

This Pistachio Pack is the perfect snack for road trips and they also make great additions to a charcuterie or cheese board. Or make your own trail mix with pistachio nuts, dried cherries and dark chocolate. Pistachio nuts are also packed full of fiber, minerals and unsaturated fat that can help keep your cholesterol in check!


 Pro Tip: Use one of the empty shells as leverage to get in the crack. Twist, and you got a nut!

Time Posted: Dec 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM Permalink to For The Foodie In All Of Us Permalink
Hannah Perry
December 2, 2020 | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


How The Shape of the Glass Influences the Taste of Wine


It is True. The Taste of Wine Can Change in Different Glasses.


According to Riedel Crystal, the 260-year-old Austrian fine glassware company, a glass should be a "wine tool" designed to unlock a wine's full flavour potential, not just something to pour the wine into.


The Science Behind This Phenomenon 


The architecture of a wine glass consists of three components: The bowl. the stem and the base, all of which work together to deliver the "message" of your wine. The bowl of the glass is the key element that influences the flavor of your wine. Bowls of wine glasses can have different shapes, sizes and rim diameters; this is what can change the tasting elements of the wine, and this is how:


  • The diameter of the rim determines how much air can reach your wine, and how effectively your wine can "breathe."
  • Different sizes of glasses determines how much available space there is for your face to fit into when you tilt the glass to drink the wine. Your nose, in particular, is very important in the involvement of activating our senses.
  • The shape and size of the glass influences the direction that the wine hits your tongue and mouth, and which taste buds the wine hits first. Different tastebuds on your tongue taste different things!




Drinking red wine from a glass with a medium sized bowl is best, because this allows the wine to breathe as the exposure to oxygen allows bolder notes to come through. The wide rim also allows your nose to fit inside the glass, which is ideal for maximum immersion of the wine!

Bottle of

2019 Reserve Pinot Noir



White wines, particularly Oaked Chardonnay, is best served in a glass with a large bowl and wide rim. The size of the large bowl allows the wine to develop and avoid becoming too concentrated. The wide mouth also steers the wine to the edges of the tongue, where sour and bitter notes are tasted. This helps the toasty aroma and acidity of the wine be well balanced!


2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay



Contrary to popular belief, bubbly, sparkling wine and Champaign are best served in a glass with a medium to small bowl and rim and not in a flute! The diameter of this glass allows the aroma to be released, as the narrow body of a flute doesn't allow this to happen as effectively.


Bella Rossa

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Time Posted: Dec 2, 2020 at 11:05 AM Permalink to Wine Geek Wednesday Permalink

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