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Noisy Water Winery

Chelsie Pickard
 
May 7, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Thirsty Thursday Cocktail of the Week

Thirsty Thursday Wine Cocktail: White Wine Spritzer
Because Spring is #SpritzerSeason! 

White Wine Spritzer
Ingredients: Chilled white wine (we used 2019 Riesling, but you can also use 2017 Gewürztraminer or 2018 Sauvignon Blanc), and chilled club soda, Sprite, or ginger ale
Preparation: Fill your glass 3/4 of the way with chilled white wine. Add in your club soda, sprite, or ginger ale to fill the remainder of the glass.
Serve straight up.
Optional: Garnish with a fresh lemon slice
2019 RIESLING
Amy Bennett
 
May 4, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - El Cabron Viejo

 
Anyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of the Spanish language can understand why the name of this wine raises eyebrows in our tasting rooms.

Literally translated, El Cabron Viejo, “the old goat”, conjures up images of a crusty curmudgeon, and Noisy Water Winery’s Old World-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot seems to fit the image of a wine that is best served in antique crystal goblets in a dark, musty library while perusing a copy of “The Milagro Beanfield War” by John Nichols. Winemaking can be a science, but it is just as much an art and no winemaker truly KNOWS how a wine will develop. And like a wine lover’s version of a Cracker Jack box, there’s something unexpected in a bottle of El Cabron Viejo!

Notes of dark cherry, leather, and a hint of pepper fill the nose, suggesting a truly dry, tannic experience, but then one sip and… surprise! Like the grumpy old man who’s really all heart under that gruff exterior, El Cabron Viejo glides like velvet over the palate to an astonishingly mellow finish. Even novice wine drinkers who typically shy away from anything dry and heavy on tannins will be able to appreciate the smoothness of this blend. It’s a great place for them to start exploring dry, full-bodied red wines.


El Cabron Viejo
El Cabron Viejo
$24.00

A sweet peppered nose and light spiced finish makes this limited reserve perfect for all you "CABRONS" out there! 
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While dry red wines are typically consumed more often in the winter time, this blend is easy to drink year round. The bold flavor, enhanced by the fruity, peppery nose, makes this an excellent wine to pair with barbecue or anything else you can throw on the grill, though it’s equally at home with a prime rib dinner or any kind of meat with a rich, flavorful sauce. 

First released in 2014, El Cabron Viejo has evolved over the years from different blends, according to the availability of certain varietals and the winemaker’s personal whims, but it has always remained a customer favorite in the tasting rooms and at festivals. Once the initial gasp of disbelief upon being introduced fades away, the whimsical name encourages tourists to take it home as a souvenir for their favorite, ahem, “cabrones”… husbands, dads, fathers-in-law, and even bosses. 

One sip will be sure to charm the whiskers off any “old goat”!

“Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.”
- Amarante Cordova in “The Milagro Beanfield War”

El Cabron Viejo
Time Posted: May 4, 2020 at 3:09 PM
Sam Freed
 
May 1, 2020 | Sam Freed

$5 NM Wine Challenge

Take the $5 NM Wine Challenge!
 
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Lynette Prelo
 
April 29, 2020 | Lynette Prelo

Tannin Talk

What is a tannin? As a wine drinker you may have heard this word, but not quite understood what it meant. Have you ever asked, "What makes my wine dry?" Here's a little lesson in tannins and the wines you will find them in.


tan•nin (noun) /ˈtanən/
a naturally occurring polyphenol found in plants, seeds, bark, wood, leaves, & fruit skins.
How do we get tannins in our wine?
We see the presence of tannins much more dominant in red wines than in white, due to several different factors. First being that the skins, seeds, and stems are usually what give wines their tannins. In red wines these tannins appear because of the process in which after a wine is pressed, the juice may sit in contact with the skins, seeds, and stems for some time extracting the tannin from them. It can also be picked up from contact with wood of the barrels used during the aging process which is more typical of red wines.
However, the question still remains: Can tannins be found in white wine or rose?  The short answer is: Yes, but typically not as potent as in red wine. When white wine is aged in barrel, (like Chardonnay) or is fermented with their skins (a Rosé), larger levels of tannin can be present.  
 
Noisy Water Wines With Great Tannin Structure
Dry Reds:
2018 Petit Verdot
2018 Petit Verdot
$30.00
This varietal is known for having great tannic structure and people around the world flock to this grape because of it's dryness. Floral notes of violet on the nose, and a deep, dark fruit middle are found in this wine. Well defined tannins and minerality lead to a black pepper and plum finish.
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2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
$58.00
You can't talk tannin without talking about Cabernet Sauvignon. This pinnacle varietal that is judged across many categories has dark concentrated color, explosive tannins, and a backbone of complex berries and plums. Back to back 92 point scored wine, vintage 16 & 17!
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Dry Whites:
2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
$33.00
This chardonnay is a great example of white wine. We fermented the this Chenin Blanc with the skins on giving it great color and pronounced tannins. Pear and stone fruit jump from the glass and balance out with a creamy soft tannin finish. 
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2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
$27.00
This chardonnay is a great example of a wine with amazing structure. With little to no tannin extraction from the seeds or skins, only from the barrels it was aged in, it finds the perfect balance. Toasted & buttery middle with a smokey vanilla finish
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Characteristics of Tannins
  • Creates a dryness on your tongue and overall mouth feel 
  • Bitterness
  • Creates more complexity in wines
 Benefits of Tannins
  • Helps keep wine stable in the bottle, allowing for a longer shelf life  
  • Prevents bacterial growth 
  • Naturally occurring antioxidant
  • Known to benefit the heart and help with blood pressure issues 

Tannin Taste Test 

Tannins are also found in tea. Take black tea and steep it a bit longer than the recommended time.  Taste the tea after it has cooled and  you will taste a bitterness on your tongue and a dry finish, this is the presence of tannins! 
Time Posted: Apr 29, 2020 at 3:03 PM
Amy Bennett
 
April 27, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Run For The Rose

 
I’ve stated before that rosés were my introduction to wine as a young adult. Not so sweet as to make me feel that I was drinking soda with a kick, but not so dry as to discourage me from drinking it at all, I always considered rosé, or more accurately White Zinfandel, as a “one hit wonder”. As the years passed, and especially since I began to explore and enjoy Noisy Water wines, my palate evolved into an appreciation for drier red and white wines. I wondered if I would ever be able to enjoy a sweeter wine again.

Then I met Run for the Rosé.

Introduced by Noisy Water Winery in 2013, Run for the Rosé heralded a renaissance in rosé appreciation. After a decline in popularity in the 1980s and ‘90s, rosé wines began to enjoy a resurgence, climaxing in 2015 as a “mainstream wine”, rivaling red and white wines in the amount of shelf space they occupied in wine stores and supermarkets. And they ran the gamut from bone-dry to tooth-achingly sweet. I simply never considered that rosé had such an extensive variety of flavor profiles and levels of sweetness and dryness in my early days of wine drinking. Even Noisy Water’s catalog of wines includes a total of seven rosés and everyone, from Moscato aficionados to true dry lovers, is sure to find a rosé to suit his or her personal taste.


Run for the Rose
Run for the Rose
$24.00

RACY, SEMI-SWEET ROSÉ WINE
THE FAVORITE AT THE RUIDOSO TRACK
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A semi-sweet rosé that evokes a true feel of summer which, in Ruidoso, includes weekend afternoons at nearby Ruidoso Downs racetrack, Run for the Rosé offers a respite from the hottest days of the year. A touch of floral on the nose and a refreshing orchard peach finish with a hint of honeyed almond, this rosé deserves a place in just about everyone’s wine fridge. Pair it with good friends and a cheese and fruit platter on a sunny summer afternoon in the backyard. Or relax on our back deck at The Cellar Uncorked with a bottle of Run for the Rose and recall carefree summer days that you wished would never end.

And when you’re in the homestretch of a long day, you’ll be sure to find this wine in the winner’s circle!


“And it’s high time you joined in the dance.”
-“Run for the Roses” by Dan Fogelberg

Run For The Rosé
Time Posted: Apr 27, 2020 at 2:38 PM
Chelsie Pickard
 
April 23, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Thirsty Thursday Cocktail of the Week

 
Thirsty Thursday Cocktail
We're all stuck at home, but that doesn't mean we can't wine about it.

Bella Rossa Bellini
The Bellini originated in Venice, Italy in 1948. Traditionally, it's made using Prosecco, but we put a Noisy twist on it by replacing Prosecco with Bella Rossa, a sparkling sweet rosé.

Ingredients: 2 oz fresh peach purée, 4 oz Bella Rossa 
Preparation: Pour peach puree into a chilled glass or champagne flute. Add chilled Bella Rossa on top and stir mixture gently. 
Serve straight up.
Optional: Garnish with a fresh peach slice
BELLA ROSSA
Lynette Prelo
 
April 22, 2020 | Lynette Prelo

Virtual Connecting - Our New Social Hour

 
Remember the good ole days when we used to meet our friends & families at bars or restaurants to catch up and unwind?  With no family gatherings, social settings or lunch dates, we all have to entertain ourselves somehow during these trying times & get our much need social interactions virtually! In my household we have been using this down time to enjoy connecting with family and friends for virtual happy hours with apps like FaceTime and Zoom!   
 
FAMILY CHATS

It has been so much fun to get my entire family on face-time and have happy hour with them. At least once a week our family has been connecting around the 5'o clock hour, and it usually makes for a great break from reality! I highly suggest setting up a weekly happy hour! 
HERE ARE SOME FUN IDEAS:
  • Call your Grandparents
  • Call your Parents / Siblings 
  • Let your little one's call their cousins and converse with them 
  • Breakfast date with Mom or Dad - Share a cup of coffee with them (yes we know it may have booze in it, and that is okay too) 
 
COCKTAIL KINGS & QUEENS
My friends and I have also had a great time connecting from different parts of the country via FaceTime and Zoom and having our own happy hours. Some of us are hiding from kids in the other room, barbecuing outside with the boys, and some of us just looking to VENT to each other during this time of quarantine!

Its has been a great source of entertainment and stress relief (we typically have wine on hand, definitely recommended by all lol)!

Cheers! I wish you all happiness, health & great wine...and if your running low I know an amazing winery that can help with that 👇😉
Amy Bennett
 
April 20, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Tighty Whitey White

One of my favorite quotes from Noisy Water Winery's winemaker, Jasper Riddle, should be carved into stone for all posterity:
 
“We're making alcohol. Let's not take ourselves too seriously.”

Okay, so maybe it won't find a place in the Library of Congress. But then, your favorite Netflix binge probably won't, either. And that's okay.

Life is full of choices. And most of them are a choice between something good and something else just as good. Dry or sweet. Red or white. Wine or... wine. Boxers or briefs.

What? Oh, I mean “tighty whiteys”.

Although we at Noisy Water Winery take the actual making of our wines very seriously, it's important to remember how to have fun. And one thing we do take seriously is having fun. Tighty Whitey White is nothing if not fun... one look at the label will tell you that!

Produced since 2014, Tighty Whitey White is one of those wines that can claim the title of being an All-Around wine. It's one of our takes on Pinot Grigio: dry, but not too dry, so it appeals to palates across the spectrum. It's crisp, but not sharp; fruity, but not overly sweet. Honey, a hint of spice, a burst of orchard fresh peach make it smooth but refreshing. What better way to encourage sweet wine drinkers who are a little intimidated by dry wines to venture into new territory?

Tighty Whitey White
Tighty Whitey White
$20.00

Stripping it all down: back to when we only had a few oak barrels and our tighty whities.
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I love wine, but I'm not a scientist; I can't tell you a lot about the process of making wine, but I can tell you why I like it. And I like Tighty Whitey because it doesn't make you work too hard to find out what it pairs with best. It's a wine you can feel comfortable with, like your favorite pair of shoes or sweats. It's as easy to sip as a complement to a briny, seafood entree as it is to enjoy with a snack of chips and salsa while relaxing on the back porch on a summer night. While it screams “summertime in a glass”, who couldn't use a glassful of summer in the dead of winter, along with a bowl of popcorn?

So when you've had one of “those” days – when all you want is to just shrug off the outer shell and strip down to just being yourself after spending the day being everything to everyone around you – Tighty Whitey White's got you. Even if you prefer boxers.

Cheers,
Amy 

Sam Freed
 
March 3, 2020 | Sam Freed

Inside Winemaking Podcast

Check out the latest episode of Inside Winemaking where Head Winemaker Jasper Riddle discusses the challenges, and opportunities of winemaking in NM with Jim Duane! 🥂
 
Listen Now!
Time Posted: Mar 3, 2020 at 10:12 AM
Chelsie Pickard
 
February 6, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Our Top 3 Wines For An Amazing Valentines Day

 

2017 Absolution

This special blend of Malbec, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet, and Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to make your Valentine swoon. Dark berries on the nose lead into maple, vanilla, and jammy notes with a finish that's smooth as silk. 

2019 Pinot Noir Rose

The best things in life, like love and rose, take time. This rose was crafted with 25 year old Pinot Noir grapes that underwent 12 hours of skin contact to create an unforgettable complexity. Berries fold into crisp citrus flavors with a bold berry finish.

La Vida Dulce

This sweet red, named after "The Sweet Life," is a sophisticated late harvest Mourvèdre made by leaving the grapes on the vine longer so that they continue to sweeten. Vanilla, raspberry, and strawberry notes lead into a sweet, jammy middle that finishes sweet and silky. Enjoy the sweet life with your sweetie!

Shop For Your Valentine
 

Ladies, join us at Enchanted Vine!

Galentine's at the Barn
Galentine's at the Barn
$20.00

Come and join us for our first yoga session of 2020! 

Class led by the amazing, Ashley Prelo. $20 ticket includes a drink, yoga class, hors d'oeuvres from Cornerstone Bakery and Clothing Swap! Its time to clean out your closets Ladies! Bring any gently used clothing and swap it out with a fellow gal. Bring a girl-friend and a mat!

Doors open at noon, class begins at 1:00 pm, activities to follow yoga class.

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