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Amy Bennett
January 18, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Petite Sirah


Wine Of The Week - 2018 Petite Sirah by Amy Bennett


Petite Sirah has a long, convoluted history. It was born in the 1870s, created by Dr. Francois Durif, a French nurseryman who wanted to create a grape that had the flavor of Syrah and the mildew-resistance of a varietal called Peloursin. He succeeded and named it “Durif”, but the grape never became a major French varietal. The grape migrated to the United States where it became a blending grape that did well in the California climate. The name “Durif” got lost along the way and someone decided that—due to the Syrah-like flavor and the small size of the grape—Petite Sirah was a good name for it.

But there is nothing small about the flavor of this particular wine!


Noisy Water Winery took Petite Sirah grapes, grown in the southern part of the state, and produced a wine with explosive dark fruit and snappy pepper on the nose; a rich, jammy blueberry middle; and a smooth vanilla finish from 15 months in French oak. The result is a full-bodied wine with strong tannins which pairs beautifully with steaks or any beef-centered meal. Try it with prime rib for a holiday dinner!

2018 Petite Sirah

Big, bold, and delicious this dry red has finally made its way back to our selection!


This ain’t our first rodeo with this particular varietal… Noisy Water made a Petite Sirah a few years back that was big, bold, and delicious and this one is even better! 


“Zinfandel and Malbec, take a seat… the big dog has arrived”
— The Society of Wine Educators

Join the Winemakers for a interactive online tasting of 2018 Petite Sirah, available on January 27th!


Get 20% Off when you purchase up to 6 bottles between now and the release!

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2021 at 10:59 AM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2018 Petite Sirah Permalink
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.


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!

Time Posted: Jan 11, 2021 at 11:14 AM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2019 Nuevo Nouveau Permalink
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!


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!

Time Posted: Jan 4, 2021 at 1:39 PM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - Sweet Temptation Permalink
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!

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!

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.


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

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2020 at 2:31 PM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Permalink
Amy Bennett
November 9, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Nebbiolo


Nebbiolo: the name sounds mysterious, intriguing, enticing. Something that is somehow unknowable, indefinable, and—dare we say, nebulous?—waiting for an adventurous soul to take the first step to discover what treasures and mysteries it holds.

Nebbiolo is a red wine grape that originated in the Piedmont region of Italy… much like Noisy Water’s winemaker did, by way of his mother. Depending on who you ask, the grape either derived its name from the fog (nebbia or nebia) that takes place during the harvest season in the region where many Nebbiolo vineyards exist, or it comes from the fog-like “veil” that forms over the grapes as they ripen.

2018 Nebbiolo

A harmonious dance between rich, ripe fruit and smooth vanilla flavors.


Noisy Water’s Nebbiolo is a full-bodied dry red wine, aged ten months in neutral, French, and American oak. The aroma of rich berries and vanilla roll in on the nose, with soft fruit and strong tannins on a cranberry finish. Dry and yet still easy to drink, its dark, rich color hints at the flavors to be found in the depths of your glass.

Perfectly at home in front of a roaring fire on a cold night, it’s ready to warm you up and complement a plate of cheese and fruit for one or for a crowd. Pair it with good friends and holiday cheer!



“…Every man has to find his own way…And I have faith in you. But your fly is open.”
— Don Pedro Aragon (Anthony Quinn) to Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves) in “A Walk in the Clouds”

Notes from the Winemaker!

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.


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



Time Posted: Oct 26, 2020 at 10:59 AM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2018 Zia Chardonnay Permalink
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!


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”



Time Posted: Oct 19, 2020 at 11:35 AM Permalink to Wine Of The Week - 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Permalink


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