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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
Chelsie Pickard
 
June 30, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Wine Crafts: Centerpieces

 

Wine Crafts: Centerpieces
 
With a little bit of elbow grease and a few empty bottles of wine (Noisy Water Wine that is), you can create some beautiful and unique centerpieces for any occasion. They give life to an empty table, a beautiful addition to the dining room or a stunning piece at a wedding. This can be as easy as tossing some greenery or flowers in an empty wine bottle, or as extravagant as removing the label and redecorating the entire bottle.

We'll walk you through the few steps we took to liven up the tasting room, plus show you a couple other options, so you can get those creative juices flowing...wine juices that is.  
One of my favorites to make is a clear glass vase and add big, bright flowers to really make it pop! Once I polished off my current favorite wine, 2019 Skin Fermented Chenin Blanc, I let it soak in HOT soapy water for about five minutes to help peel off the label and any leftover residue on the bottle. Occasionally they use the really good stuff and I'll need a bit of adhesive remover.

You can then take your blade on a wine corkscrew or a utility knife to take off the foil capsule. Please be careful here as some of the capsules are rolled on very tightly, and remember to always cut away from yourself.
I saw these beauties at the nursery and loved the color. They looked great in the tasting room in Ruidoso with all the newly stained wood floors and the white shelves that got repainted during our remodel last winter.

I made sure to add a few accent pieces to give the centerpiece some depth (this one had some fake cotton branches/bolls I had laying around). 
We've done some in the past by painting them as well! Here is a take on one we had at our wedding venue here at Enchanted Vine. They used a matte paint on some different style bottles which really gave the centerpiece a neat dynamic!
Another Noisy Water Family Member made these two fun and stylish twine wrapped pieces for her home. After a bit of cleanup, a little hot glue, and a few things found around the house these two bottles welcome you into her home.
Let us know which wine crafts you've done, we'd love to see them!
 
 
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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
Sam Freed
 
June 9, 2020 | Sam Freed

Did You Know About These Limited Releases!?

Two of our exclusive Library Only wines are available online!
In 2018 we were feeling a bit atypical, took two of the most popular grape varietals and made wines that you will be hard pressed to find around the Country!

The 2018 Pinot Meunier: one of the most popular wine grapes grown in France, and using it atypically. This varietal is usually done in a sparkling style with limited skin contact. 

Blueberry Pancakes covered in maple syrup on the Nose. This "Parent" of cabernet sauvignon is  a dry red pleasure.
ONLY 95 CASES PRODUCED
Pinot Meunier
The 2018 Muscat of Alexandria: A wine often left sweet across the US, we were longing to do a small amount of dry just to showcase its gorgeous fruit backbone

Explosive ripe fruit nose of canned peaches. Solid acidity. A citrus middle, and a crisp delicate orchard finish. Bone dry
ONLY 47 CASES PRODUCED
Muscat of Alexandria
 
We cannot wait for you to try these two wines! They are definitely worth the anticipation and both are bottles you will be excited to share with your friends!

Cheers,
the Noisy Water Family
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Time Posted: Jun 9, 2020 at 3:31 PM
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

 
Chelsie Pickard
 
June 4, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Beat The Heat With These Winesicles!

Summer is inching closer every day. What better way to beat the heat than by combing two perfect treats: wine and popsicles! All you need is your favorite wine, fresh fruit, and some popsicle molds. Here are our favorites!

Noisy Water Winery Very Berry Good wine popsicles

Very Berry Goodsicles
 
1. Gather your favorite berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries or a berry medley . Fill your popsicle mold to the top with the fruit.
2. Fill the rest of the mold with Very Berry Good
3. (Optional) You can also blend the wine and fruit together before adding the combination to your mold.
4. Pour yourself a glass of wine and toss your popsicle molds in the freezer. 


Strawberry Moscato Pops
 
1. Slice some fresh strawberries and fill your mold with them.
2. Pour in Divine Intervention Moscato to fill the mold the rest of the way or combine and blend until smooth.
3. Place molds in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours (or overnight) and then eat up!
VERY BERRY GOOD
DIVINE INTERVENTION MOSCATO

 
Time Posted: Jun 4, 2020 at 10:45 AM

 

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