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Amy Bennett
 
January 11, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Nuevo Nouveau

 

As was typical of 2020, the days ran together with the result that I totally missed a very important wine holiday that occurs about the third week of November: Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

Wait, what does all of that have to do with Noisy Water’s Nuevo Nouveau? Well, Nuevo Nouveau IS Noisy Water’s proprietary Beaujolais Nouveau, which is typically the first wine of the harvest, meant to be drunk immediately after production. This is because, back in the old days of wine making, by the time harvest season rolled around, the wine from the year before had already run out… and folks like to have wine! So around the middle of November, after the first fruits of the harvest had been crushed and fermented, the red wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France were ready to grace the tables and keep people happy until the other wines had time to age and be ready for drinking.

 
2019 Nuevo Nouveau

Commonly known as Beaujolais Nouveau, we have put our New Mexican spin on this fun Proprieter Grown wine.

$24.00
 

Noisy Water’s 2019 Nuevo Nouveau has special meaning for our winemaker: after taking on a neglected vineyard in what appeared to be an inhospitable region of New Mexico and breathing new life into dying vines, the first fruits of what came to be known as the Forbidden Desert vineyard became our first proprietary wine. Instead of Gamay, Pinot Noir grapes were used to create what we affectionately referred to as our “Thanksgiving wine”—released in time to celebrate Thanksgiving and Beaujolais Nouveau day, with a bright burst of ripe berries on the palate, medium bodied and low on tannins but with a spark of acidity reminiscent of cranberries.

 

Though it’s been a few months since our “new” wine was released, it has mellowed a bit but still calls to mind ripe fruit on a sunny day and can make any meal a reason to give thanks!

 

“For everyday, we like Beaujolais, Grenache or Syrah, and we like a lot of it! It's a family tradition: We would never consider having a meal without wine”
— Jacques Pepin, French chef

Notes from the Winemaker!

 
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Amy Bennett
 
January 4, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Sweet Temptation

 

Wine Of The Week - Sweet Temptation by Amy Bennett

 

Of all temptations, what could be more compelling than to skip dinner and go straight to dessert?

 

Sweet Temptation is Noisy Water Winery’s classic port-style wine. Created from a blend of Barbera and Dolcetto grapes with an infusion of brandy, this dark, rich dessert wine boasts of a fruitiness reminiscent of cherries and raisins on the nose and ends with a decadent vanilla finish and a hint of chocolate. 

Port-style wines are typically served with desserts because of their sweetness and higher alcohol content. However, Sweet Temptation makes an excellent wine to serve with a cheese course or appetizer as well; it's full-bodied, but not overpowering sweetness, makes it an excellent pairing for a Brie and walnut tart or a variety of rich, pungent cheeses and smoked, salted nuts. It also makes a wonderful “stand-alone” dessert course, with only fresh strawberries or raspberries and some dark chocolate, to finish up a sumptuous meal.

 
Sweet Temptation

This "Port-Like" fortified wine is going to tempt you to leave with cases!

$24.00
 

Sweet Temptation won a Double Gold medal at Fingerlakes International Wine Competition! So in this case, be led to temptation… it’s well worth the trip!

 

“I can resist everything except temptation”
— Oscar Wilde

Notes from the Winemaker!

 
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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!

$42.00
 

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!

 
 
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.

$29.00
 

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”

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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
Amy Bennett
 
November 16, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

 

We have taken to referring to our 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as the “Michael Phelps” of our wine catalog. Looking at the bottle on our tasting room shelf is reminiscent of seeing Phelps standing on the pedestal with a stunning array of medals around his neck. You can’t even see our label! But what is the hoopla all about?

Well, let’s start with the fact that our Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a 92 point rating (outstanding) on the prestigious James Suckling list, in addition to numerous awards from the New Mexico state fair competition, Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, and the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. Then let’s see WHY it rates so highly among critics and wine lovers of all kinds.

 
2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced from some of the greatest hidden gems in the New Mexico wine industry. These vines were planted in 1986 and have thrived in our unforgiving landscape ever since.

$58.00
 

Taking 100% Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly free run juice, and aging it in mixed French, Hungarian, and American oak for 18 months, our winemaker created a Cabernet with dark, rich colors, tannins that burst onto the palate, and a backbone of complex berries and plums. Bone dry and full-bodied, this wine is a perfect reflection of who we are as winemakers and showcases the best of what New Mexico has to offer.


Is this the culmination of over ten years of creating wines solely from New Mexico grapes in the little mountain resort area of Ruidoso? Not yet. There are still many grapes to harvest and wines to produce in years to come.


But we’re heading in a good direction!
 

“If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.”
— Michael Phelps, former competitive swimmer and most decorated Olympian of all time

 
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Amy Bennett
 
October 26, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Zia Chardonnay

One of the first white wines most people encounter and the experience is almost always memorable, for various reasons.

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Chardonnay is one of the first white wines most people encounter and the experience is almost always memorable, for various reasons. In my case, the first time I tasted Chardonnay was back in the ‘80s when it reached its peak of popularity… and at the time, winemakers were particularly enamored of oaky Chardonnays. VERY oaky Chardonnays. And a little oak goes a long, long way!

My next experience was with Noisy Water Winery’s Zia Chardonnay. To my surprise, it had no oak at all. Because the Chardonnay grape is fairly neutral by itself, this particular varietal lends itself to be molded and shaped into a unique wine according to the winemaker’s skills and whims. In this case, Zia Chardonnay was aged in stainless steel—Old World meets the New World in a marriage of a traditional grape with a contemporary aging process. As a result, it was smoother, easier to drink, a wine that would be as perfectly at home at a picnic table or the patio as it would be on the formal dinner table.

 
Zia Chardonnay

 

A complex Chardonnay that can make everyone happy. Traditional collides with new age.

$22.00
 

Medium bodied and semi-dry, with a slight minerality, this Chardonnay is perfect to pair with seafood and fruit. Along with crisp citrus notes with a buttery finish, there is a perfect balance of vanilla and fruit on the nose, making this a perfect wine to drink on its own on a warm sunny day. If you think all Chardonnays are the same, try Zia Chardonnay and prepare to experience Chardonnay again for the first time!


Named Zia after the symbol on the New Mexico state flag and robed in a label the color of turquoise, the state gem of New Mexico, this wine epitomizes the spirit of the state—unique, daring, and of undeniable beauty. It’s no wonder it was awarded a silver medal at the New Mexico State Fair in 2018 and it is sure to enchant dry and sweet drinkers alike.
 

 

“You can’t beat a nice glass of Chardonnay after a long, hard day.”
— Suzanne Shaw

 

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Amy Bennett
 
October 19, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

inspired by the refreshing mountain rains there is something to be said about the quality of this dry white

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Noisy Water Winery claims its 2018 Sauvignon Blanc was inspired by the refreshing mountain rains. Certainly there is something to be said about the quality of this dry white and equating it with rain showers in the cool pines of Ruidoso!

Originating in France and one of the most widely planted wine grapes in the world, Sauvignon Blanc also has one of the largest ranges of flavors depending on where it is grown. It can range from a kicky, citrusy lime flavor to a rich, floral orchard fruit taste. Pyrazine is an aromatic compound found in Sauvignon Blanc that is responsible for the signature herbaceous quality of the wine. Depending on the age of the grapes and other factors, such as exposure to sunlight, the pyrazine level can enhance the flavor and finish of the wine.

 
2018 Sauvignon Blanc

 

Prepare your senses for this wonderfully easy-to-drink white wine!

$27.00
 

Noisy Water’s Sauvignon Blanc boasts fresh fruit on the nose, hints of peaches and pineapple, with a crisp and slightly acidic finish that makes it a easy-to-drink, perfectly balanced white wine. It has a crisp, dry finish and pairs well with all things green and fresh, especially dishes prepared with fresh basil, cilantro, rosemary, mint, and bell pepper or jalapeño. Pair with goat cheese or seafood; the briny flavor balances out the acidity of the wine.


Pour a glass of 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and feel the kiss of mountain rain on your tongue. It might inspire you to take a trip to the cool pines and visit Noisy Water!

 

“…I'd give you a taste of this nice new sauvignon blanc... It's going to go perfectly with the appetizers…."Jamie savored a tiny sip, and smiled blissfully. "You're right. It's delicious."
— Susan Wiggs, “The Beekeeper’s Ball”

 

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Amy Bennett
 
October 12, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2016 Curtain Call

Six different varietals, each showcasing its own characteristics in this spectacular blend

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Wine Of The Week - 2016 Curtain Call by Amy Bennett

 

2016 Curtain Call is the name given to Noisy Water Winery’s Bordeaux-style blend of dry red wines. “Bordeaux” refers to a wine from the Bordeaux region of France and is primarily made most often from Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot or other red grapes, although there are also white Bordeaux varietals. Despite John Cleese’s tongue-in-cheek comment, “Claret” is actually what Bordeaux wines are called in Britain.

 

“I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn't know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret.”
— John Cleese (Basil Fawlty, “Fawlty Towers”)

A blend of six different varietals, each showcasing its own characteristics in this spectacular blend: Malbec, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Though dry from start to finish, it has a velvety middle and is silky-smooth at the end, with dark berries and vanilla as an intriguing introduction. Full-bodied with rich tannins, it’s definitely the star performer at an elegant dinner or a simple evening repast.

 
2016 Curtain Call

Over 5 different unique varietals give an array of bold flavors and intimate complexities, while a perfect balance of fruit and oak helps this wine achieve nirvana.

$40.00
 

Curtain Call is definitely a prime example of our winemaker’s talent and creativity. Balancing the rich flavors and tannins of six different grape varietals is much like juggling crystal goblets, where a master touch is needed to find the perfect blend. It’s no surprise this wine has won awards from state level all the way up to international competitions.

 

So, on with the show! Uncork a bottle of Curtain Call and let your palate burst into applause!

 

“Hurried and worried until we’re buried, and there’s no curtain call, Life’s a very funny proposition after all.”
— George M. Cohan

 

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Amy Bennett
 
September 28, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Tighty Whitey White

I had a hard time finding a “tighty whiteys” quote, but one look at our new label(s) will put this quote in perspective!
 
“All that running around in my underwear put money in my pockets.”
—Mark Wahlberg

Too often, people think of fine wines in conjunction with formality. Fine china, gourmet foods, and tuxedos. And very intimidating. That’s why the advice is often given that, when one is facing a formidable audience or opponent, you can relax and feel more confident if you picture them in their underwear. “It made him realize his audience was human. I mean, you can’t be very frightening in your underwear!” (so said Dad-of-the-Century, Mike Brady to daughter, Jan, in “The Brady Bunch”!) So what better way to introduce wine drinkers to a previously daunting dry white wine blend than to picture the winemakers—and friends—in their underwear?

Noisy Water’s 2019 Tighty Whitey White is the third incarnation of this off-dry white. This time, we made it a proprietary blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, using grapes from our own Forbidden Desert vineyard in Engle, New Mexico. A light floral nose invites you to sip into something more comfortable: pear and honey mingling in the middle and finishing with soothing, yet spicy, hints of chamomile and ginger. Crisp and light-bodied, it’s an easy-to-drink wine for just about any meal or occasion.


2019 Tighty Whitey White
2019 Tighty Whitey White
$20.00

A wine meant for the masses. One that strips it all down: back to when we only had a few oak barrels and our tighty whities
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So strip it down to a new refreshing favorite. Dress it up, if you wish, with white linen tablecloths and more than one fork, but underneath, feel as comfortable and relaxed as if you’re kicking back on your own living room couch or back deck with just the bare necessities of life! 
 
In memory of John E. Woodward, who named this wine, a portion of the proceeds from sales of Tighty Whitey White go to support local charities in the Ruidoso area.
Tighty Whitey White
 

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