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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
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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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
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
Amy Bennett
 
May 18, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Amor En Fuego

 
Only in New Mexico does pairing red chile and chocolate make as much sense as pairing peanut butter and jelly or rum and coke. While some people raise an eyebrow at the idea, they think this is something that is better suited to the making of candy, or hot chocolate, or maybe even a sauce for chicken.

Then along comes Noisy Water Winery and says, “Hey! How about making red chile and chocolate WINE???”

Amor En Fuego is literally translated as “love on fire”. And if you love red chile, chocolate, and wine, you’ll understand how this wine got its name. With hints of berries and toasted marshmallow on the nose, and a rich velvety middle of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla, finishing with a spicy red chile kick (but not too spicy!), this wine is a perfect complement to an appetizer course loaded with fruits and cheeses or as a dessert with a rich cheesecake or anything sweet and creamy like tres leches cake. Or pair it with something dark and chocolatey, like brownies.


Amor En Fuego (Red Chile & Chocolate Wine)
Amor En Fuego (Red Chile & Chocolate Wine)
$24.00

This New Mexico red chile and chocolate infused wine, will have you reminiscing on times spent in grandma’s kitchen!!   
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While it makes a delicious and intriguing dessert wine on its own, it can also be used to liven up hot chocolate or coffee. Or, freeze Amor En Fuego into cubes and use it to make a deliciously boozy iced coffee! Dress it up with a dash of cinnamon or red chile powder! You can also substitute it for any liquid in brownie or cake recipes to add a subtle, extra flavor dimension.

Whether served by itself or used to enhance a favorite stand-by recipe, you’ll be sure to add a little New Mexico flavor and mystique to your glass and table by including Noisy Water’s Amor En Fuego to your selection of great wines from the Land of Enchantment!

“To love is to burn, to be on fire.”
— Jane Austen

Amor En Fuego
 
Amy Bennett
 
May 11, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Barrel Select Mourvèdre

 
I've said before that, up until about ten years ago, I was a complete wine novice. I knew there was red wine and white wine and, for the most part, I didn't like either one of them. They were “too dry” – at least, the first of each in my limited experience. And that, as far as I was concerned, told me everything I needed to know about wine. I would tolerate a glass for the sake of convention (because grown-ups drank wine with their dinner) but the idea of actually enjoying a glass of wine was laughable. 

I had no idea that wine ran the gamut from excruciatingly sweet to mouth-puckeringly acidic and dry. And somewhere in between, I would find my comfort zone. 

My husband came to an appreciate dry, tannic red wines much sooner than myself who had graduated from Moscato to Sauvignon Blanc, but he urged me continually to expand my horizons. However, my palate hadn't quite attained the level of appreciation for strong tannins that his had; consequently, I often retreated to my safety zone of dry white wines and concluded that I wasn't cut out to enjoy dry reds. Then, in 2018, Noisy Water Winery released their Mourvèdre.

A grape that originated in Spain and is now grown in France, Australia, and the United States. Mourvèdre – a wine I had never heard of, and like all wines in the Noisy Water catalog, I had to learn about it. Which meant drinking it. 


2017 Barrel Select Mourvedre
2017 Barrel Select Mourvedre
$38.00

The road less traveled in winemaking: first-growth fruit from a premier vineyard
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Dark fruit and floral notes in the nose enticed me to take a sip. It was velvety on the tongue with hints of black pepper and herbs, perfect for a cool winter night and easily paired with any dish of Mexican or Italian food, especially something with a rich tomato base. And though it was a dry, full-bodied red wine, I was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of the finish. It's just as easy to drink with good friends and conversation on a warm summer evening. Mourvèdre has encouraged me to step fearlessly into trying something new and expecting to be pleasantly surprised in the process.

So don't let a “dry red wine” label intimidate you... there's a wine for every palate and sometimes it's what you least expect. Try a bottle of our 2017 Barrel Select Mourvèdre and prepare to be excited to explore more dry red wines!

“The best way to learn about wine is in the drinking.”
- Alexis Lichine, American wine dealer and writer (1913–1989)

2017 Barrel Select Mourvèdre
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

 

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