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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
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
 
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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
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Amy Bennett
 
June 23, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Zinfandel

 
Zinfandel is probably the very first “real” wine varietal most of us have had (I’m looking at you, white zin!) While most of us cut our teeth on “pink” wine, there is a whole new world waiting to be discovered in traditional red zinfandel. 

Many people don’t automatically think of Zinfandel when thinking of red wines, but it’s an excellent introduction to dry reds. Whereas it was once used primarily as a blending wine after the Prohibition-era, some California producers wanted to create a single varietal wine from Zinfandel. And while white Zinfandel outsells red Zinfandel, six to one, red Zinfandel is experiencing a boom in popularity (just take a glance at the shelves at wine retailers.)

An Old World wine, also known as Primitivo in Italy, Noisy Water’s 2017 Winemaker’s Select Zinfandel has a profile that appeals to dry and not-so-dry drinkers alike. With a nose that boast hints of blueberry and dark cherry with a little bit of cinnamon and clove spiciness, this Zinfandel invites you deeper into the world of dry reds without being overbearing. The tannin structure is smooth, medium to full-bodied, with a dry finish of black currant, soft smoke, and the barest suggestion of cacao. 


2017 Zinfandel
2017 Zinfandel
$30.00

Giving new life to a world-renowned, old world vine with a style that can only be found in New Mexico.
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Our Zinfandel is full-bodied, dry but smooth, and an excellent complement to dinner but can also be enjoyed on its own. Whereas a Cabernet may demand a steak served on fine china on a white tablecloth, our Select Zinfandel meets you where you’re at: a steak grilled in the backyard and served on a paper plate; a cheese and fruit platter while watching a summer sunset; or on its own in front of a fireplace in the winter or a campfire on a summer evening. As quoted above, Zinfandel can be almost anything you want it to be and can suit almost every palate, so be sure to pair it with good friends and good conversation!

“In the mirror-like relationship between wine and human beings, Zinfandel owned more reflective properties than any other grape… capable of expressing almost any philosophical position or psychological function. As a result, its own ‘true’ nature might never be known.”

--David Darlington, author of “Angels Visits: An Inquiry into the Mystery of Zinfandel”
 

2018 ZINFANDEL
Amy Bennett
 
June 8, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Nuevo Verde

 
Noisy Water Winery has long been known for a particular green wine—our Besito Caliente green chile wine—but that’s not what we‘re  talking about here.

Nuevo Verde (“new green”) Dry White Wine is a very special addition to the Noisy Water family of wines. It is made from the first harvest of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grapes grown in our own Forbidden Desert Vineyard near Engle, New Mexico. After years of neglect, the vineyard was acquired by Noisy Water and immediately smothered with love, attention, and lots of water (in New Mexico, water is synonymous with love). It responded and produced an impressive first harvest and Nuevo Verde is one of the results of that labor of love.

In this instance, “green” also refers to “new” and Nuevo Verde is our winemaker’s take on Vinho Verde, a dry white wine that has increased in popularity in the last ten to fifteen years. While the term “Vinho Verde” (“green wine”)  typically refers to wines produced in a certain region in northern Portugal, it also means wine produced from an early harvest and drunk young, with little or no aging. This gives the wine a crisp and refreshing “young” finish. It is typically a blend of white wine grapes, not a particular varietal, a can be enjoyed with a meal or by itself. 


2019 Nuevo Verde
2019 Nuevo Verde
$27.00

Nuevo Verde is our homage to the great Vinho Verdes of Portugal with our own NWW New Mexican twist.
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Citrusy and bright, with a dry, fruity finish, Nuevo Verde is a great way to welcome summer. Light-bodied with a slight hint of acidity, it pairs well with lighter summer fare, such as salads and seafood, and is the perfect wine to enjoy with friends on a summer evening. Whether your meal is off the grill or out of the picnic basket, a bottle of Nuevo Verde is a perfect complement to your summer.

“When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But, why wonder, why wonder?
I'm green and it'll do fine
It's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be”

--Andrew Bird, sung by Kermit the Frog

2019 Nuevo Verde

 
Amy Bennett
 
June 1, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

 
Years ago, I discovered the difference between coach class and first class: Coach class offers a choice of white wine or red wine. First class offers Chardonnay or Cabernet.

Anytime someone says “white wine”, the wine that immediately comes to mind is Chardonnay. That’s not surprising, considering that Chardonnay is one of the most popular wines as well as one of the most planted varietals in the world. Though it originated in eastern France, it is now grown all over the world, including New Mexico which has the perfect climate to produce Chardonnays with a citrusy, peachy flavor.

Because it is a fairly neutral grape, most of its flavor derives from the terroir in which it is grown and the way in which it is aged, which enables the winemaker to showcase their skills in bringing out the grapes’ full potential. At the peak of its popularity in the late ‘80s, some winemakers got a little carried away with aging Chardonnay in oak, which gave it a characteristic with which it has become synonymous. However, the type and amount of oak aging, or none at all, can be the winemaker’s touch in bringing out the best of Chardonnay.


2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
$27.00

Finding the perfect balance of butter and oak: A Chardonnay for all Chardonnay drinkers to love.
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Noisy Water Winery’s 2018 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has a perfect balance of oak and butter that will please the palates of most wine drinkers. Traditionally a “Thanksgiving Day wine”, its dry finish and medium to full body also makes it a perfect wine to enjoy all summer long. The aroma of stone fruit and a hint of citrus leads the way into a toasted, buttery middle and a smoky vanilla finish, giving it a richness that seems creamy and yet refreshing. Truly this is a wine for all seasons!

And to quote the late Maya Angelou: “On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden.”  Granted, you may prefer to listen to something other than Bach or Chopin (I personally prefer George Strait!), but make sure you have a bottle of Noisy Water’s 2018 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay to enjoy. And just relax!

“Everyone can commit to 20 minutes, especially if there’s a glass of Chardonnay afterwards.” 
—Kate Winslet

2018 Chardonnay
Amy Bennett
 
May 26, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Jo Mamma's White

 
My introduction to Noisy Water Winery and its wines happened on a sunny day about ten years ago. Walking through mid-town Ruidoso, I was intrigued by the sign on the sidewalk in front of what, upon a passing glance, seemed to be a t-shirt shop, pointing the way inside to “wine tasting”. Not aware that such a practice as “wine tasting” even existed, I decided to see what that was all about. And the first wine poured into my glass to taste was Jo Mamma's White. It was, to say the least, a life-changing experience.

At that point, I knew nothing about wine varietals; about acidity or tannins; about blends or bouquets or body; or what made wines sweet or dry. All I knew was that I really, REALLY liked what was in the glass. And I kept coming back.

Eventually, I kept coming back so much that they put me on the payroll. And while I've learned so much about wines in the years since and expanded my palate to enjoy drier wines (red as well as white), there remains a spot in my heart for my first Noisy Water love, Jo Mamma's White.


Jo Mamma's White
Jo Mamma's White
$18.00

Jo Mamma! Sweet and simple, yet complex and beautiful. A true reminder of all the mammas out there.
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A blend of Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, and Moscato grapes, Jo Mamma's White is undeniably sweet, with hints of apple and apricot giving it a summery orchard fruit finish. Yet it's crisp, with a clean refreshing finish, making it an enjoyable indulgence on a hot day. While it's clearly a wine made with sweet drinkers in mind, many dry drinkers enjoy the fun yet complex blend that has made Jo Mamma's White a multi-award winning wine since its introduction. An homage to all the mammas who encourage us to follow our dreams but be true to ourselves, it's a perfect “girls' night in” wine (because who needs to go out when you've got this wine in the fridge?)

This easy sipping wine is made for sharing over a platter of cheeses (try some of our hand-crafted New Mexico cheeses, available on our website and in our stores) and fresh fruits. It's also perfect for bringing a touch of summer to the dreariest winter days. Any day with a little Jo Mamma is a great day!

“Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after.”
 – Lord Byron

Jo Mamma's White

 

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