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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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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
Time Posted: Sep 21, 2020 at 4:13 PM
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
 
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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