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Amy Bennett
 
April 12, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Skin-Fermented Chardonnay

 

There are two holidays which call for family gathering with a formal, sit-down dinner in the Bennett household. Thanksgiving is one, the other is Easter. And both call for a fuller-bodied white wine. Yes, Chardonnay, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner wine, is perfect for a late-autumn get-together with a rich, turkey dinner. But Chardonnay on a crisp spring day with a roast pork dinner?

Noisy Water Winery’s 2019 Skin-Fermented Chardonnay is the perfect foil for any springtime meal. No, it’s not really “orange”, nor does it have an orange nose or taste. “Orange” refers to the process of fermenting white wines with the skins in contact with the juice (a process not typically done with white wines) which give the wines a slight orange hue and a slightly tannic finish, also not typical of white wines. The result is a medium-bodied white wine, not so heavy for warm, sunny days, but with cozy nuances of butter and quince which pair beautifully with a cool April breeze.

 
2019 Skin-Fermented Chardonnay

Nuances of butter and quince bring out the depth of this gorgeous old-vine chardonnay 

$30.00
 

Our 2019 Skin-Fermented Orange Chardonnay is the fruit of a labor of love, from our Old Vine Chardonnay grown in our own Forbidden Desert Vineyard in Engle. Neglected 30-year-old vines were brought back to life by loving hands and their fruit converted into a delicious wine which is perfect all year round. It’s the season of rebirth and sipping our Chardonnay is like having a golden springtime in your glass!

 

“As much as I love crisp, clean whites, there's always a time for rich but balanced Chardonnays”
— Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur

 

Notes from the Winemaker!

 
Time Posted: Apr 12, 2021 at 2:39 PM
Amy Bennett
 
March 29, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Jo Mamma's Very Berry Good

 

If you like sweet wines… if you love luscious, juicy berries… if you crave the comfort of a rich berry cobbler… Noisy Water Winery has just the thing for you!

 

Jo Mamma’s Very Berry Good is one of the newest additions to the Noisy Water Winery line of Jo Mamma’s sweet table wines. Similar to our flagship sweet red, Jo Mamma’s Red, Very Berry Good lives up to its name with a nose of rich, dark berries and a sweet, medium bodied finish.

Jo Mamma’s Very Berry Good has done a “berry” good job of coaxing the sweetness of the grapes and creating a wine that is both fruity and complex, a hint of spiciness at the finish that makes it a perfect wine to pair with a cheese platter, fresh fruits, even summer salads ranging from pasta to chicken to fruit.

 
Jo Mamma's Very Berry Good

Medium-body with blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry galore!

$20.00
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Pop the cork and inhale the aromas of summer berries and the promise of bright summer days… then pour yourself a glass and taste how “berry” good life can be!

 

“I love berries! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, anything with an ‘errie’ in it”
— Jordin Sparks, “American Idol” winner and songwriter

 

Notes from the Winemaker!

 
Time Posted: Mar 29, 2021 at 4:01 PM
Amy Bennett
 
March 23, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Chenin Blanc

When Noisy Water Winery acquired the Forbidden Desert Vineyard in Engle, New Mexico, it also acquired a treasure trove of “old vines”, some of them 30 years old. Among these are the vines that produce Chenin Blanc and, as a result, some of our first proprietary wines!

Chenin Blanc is a grape from the Loire Valley of France and is versatile enough to be used to make sparkling wines as well as sweet dessert wines. The natural vigor of the grapes can produce wines that are bland and neutral if not controlled by a loving “grape whisperer” who can draw out the right balance of acidity and fruitiness to create a wine that is both memorable and easy to drink.

 
2019 Chenin Blanc

Working with a varietal that is done quite differently all over the world, we wanted to put a modern spin on this classic varietal

$24.00
 

We took our grapes and created a crisp, dry white wine with deep citrus notes and subtle touches of sweetness. Tart pear, honeydew melon, persimmon, and nuances of lemon verbena lead into a bold, citrus body and finish… perfect to pair with rich, buttery seafood dishes and sunny days that culminate in warm evenings.


So pour a glass of Chenin Blanc and look forward to summer days!
 

 

“It’s hard not to love Chenin Blanc.”
— Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly

 
Time Posted: Mar 23, 2021 at 11:42 AM
Amy Bennett
 
March 8, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Montepulciano

 

March heralds the start of spring, leaving winter in the past, but not quite yet basking in the summer heat. What wine to drink at this time of the year? Not a heavy red, which warms cold, snowy days, but still not quite a crisp white to savor on summer evenings….

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!

 
2018 Montepulciano

With a deceptively light hue, this Montepulciano is sure to surprise you!

$42.00
 

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.


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 summer, not to heavy on tannins and with a bright, almost cranberry finish. Whenever you decide to open a bottle of Noisy Water’s Montepulciano, I guarantee it will make the moment memorable!
 

 

“In March, winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”
— Jean Hersey

 

Notes from the Winemaker!

 
Time Posted: Mar 8, 2021 at 10:25 AM
Amy Bennett
 
February 15, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir

 

Well… what more needs to be said? One only has to look at the faces of the people who sample Noisy Water’s 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir to know that it’s love at first sip!

Just a few months ago (August, to be exact) we were extolling the virtues of our 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir. In that time, we sold out in time for the release of our 2019 vintage and this one is especially special for us: 30-year-old vines from our own Forbidden Desert vineyard in Engle produced the grapes that make this wine, thanks to the loving care of “Uncle Dick”, the “grape whisperer.”

 
2019 Reserve Pinot Noir

Proud to have accomplished the nearly impossible in New Mexico: Producing amazing Pinot Noir in one of the USA's toughest growing regions for this grape

$35.00
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Aged for thirteen months in toasted 100% French oak barrels, our winemaker has coaxed a fuller bodied, jammy wine with explosive cherries and dark fruit with a bold and rustic tannic finish with nuances of vanilla. Perfect for sipping around a cozy fire on a winter night, it offers promise of warm summer evenings to come and delicious lighter meals to pair with its provocative fruitiness. It’s almost TOO easy to enjoy.

 

Warm up with a bottle of our 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir and make memories to savor

 

“I would so marry Pinot. You can enjoy it at the opera, or the baseball game. It glistens in any crystal goblet but dazzles in a jelly jar. It’s exactly the kind of wine you’d bring home to mom and then sneak into your room after dinner. Before you blinked, you’d both be on the front porch (you on the swing, it in your glass) waiting for your grandkids to show up.”
— Jeff Bundschu, Gundlach Bundschu Winery

 
Time Posted: Feb 15, 2021 at 11:13 AM
Amy Bennett
 
February 8, 2021 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 La Vida Dulce

 

What could be more evocative of “the sweet life” (“la vida dulce”) than a wine that is easy to sip on a cold winter day around a fire or a warm summer evening in the shade of a grape arbor? Add good friends and good food and you have the basis for the creation of one of Noisy Water’s most popular sweet red reserves, La Vida Dulce.

Late harvest wines are those made from grapes that are left on the vine past the peak of their ripeness, resulting in grapes that have a higher sugar concentration and, consequently, produce a sweeter wine. Late harvest Mourvedre is the grape used to create La Vida Dulce. Aging in oak creates sweet notes of vanilla, strawberry, and raspberry on the nose draw you into a luscious, jammy middle and culminate in a sweet but smooth, lighter-bodied finish. 

 
2019 La Vida Dulce

"The Sweet Life" is everything the name claims.

$24.00
 

A popular customer favorite for years, La Vida Dulce is back and better than ever. Enjoy it with a sweet treat on a cold day or use it as a perfect counterbalance to a rich, spicy meal any time of the year. Just remember… 

 

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all”
— Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Winemaker's Notes!

 

Join the Winemakers for a interactive online tasting of 2019 La Vida Dulce, available on February 14th!

 

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

 
Time Posted: Feb 8, 2021 at 8:24 AM
Amy Bennett
 
February 4, 2021 | Amy Bennett

February Wine Of The Month

 

What better wine to celebrate a month dedicated to love and sweet things than a wine called “Love on Fire”?

 

Only in New Mexico does pairing red chile and chocolate make as much sense as pairing peanut butter and jelly or rum and coke. This is a combination well-suited to the making of candy, or hot chocolate, or maybe even a sauce for chicken.

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

Will have you reminiscing on times spent in grandma’s kitchen!!

$24.00
 

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!

 

Add a little sweet sizzle to your Valentine’s Day celebration!

 

“Though February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises.”
— Charmaine J. Forde

 
 

Winemaker Notes!

 
Time Posted: Feb 4, 2021 at 10:38 AM
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!

$42.00
 

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
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.

$24.00
 

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
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!

$24.00
 

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

 

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