Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Winery: Nimble Hill Vineyards & Winery

Nimble Hill is a winery located in my Husband's home town. It's a Pennsylvania winery, with a hardy selection of wines to sample. A few months back, you may recall seeing the Nimble Hill Niagara post: well we got to go to the brick and mortar store and sample some of the action!

I started with the 2010 Reserve Gewurtztraminer. This was a mellow wine with soft rose petal notes, lychee and apples. Sweet and refreshing.

From there I sampled the 2011 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc. I love Cab francs. Love them. So I was excited to try the rosé which held its own nicely. Typical rose notes but slightly dry. Warming to the throat. Crisp rose finish. Very much a summer wine.

2010 Cabernet Franc was so, so good. It had notes of cranberries and currants, with a rich velvety mouthfeel but not too dry. Mellow table wine, good with food or just to sip.

There were many sweet wines, and all were equally good and special:

Mountain Red - I likened this to be the east coast response to Quady's Purple. Jam aroma/ nose. Strong concord grape flavor that fills your mouth. Adult grape juice, at it's finest.

Harvest Moon - "Hot Tub" wine, sweet like a moscato, with notes of pineapple and strawberry. Easy drinking, Saturday afternoon wine. Or, you know, in your hot tub. Duh.

Mango Slide- white wine enhanced with mango and peach flavors; this baby packs a mouthful of deliciousity. Mango, peach, apricot, and pineapple notes bombard your senses and take you on a magical ride. Where? To summer time.

We finished with their fortified desert wine, the Mountain Magic - "Pennsylvania Port". If you don't like port give this one a chance; it is not a heavy syrupy consistency like most ports. It has a syrup and boysenberry nose, but the sweetness of raisins. The brandy in this wine is fortified with Sunmade Raisins (oh hello there west coast friends!) and is mighty, mighty smooth. A warm fall wine, easy to drink by itself, or with chocolate [duh].

Get your hands in this puppy this fall/winter, maybe with a bottle of Quady's Sweet Vya, and you will definitely be feeling pretty chill after a day of skiing. Or hiking. Or you know, raking leaves.

I adore Nimble Hill, and look forward to visiting on other trips back home to PA.


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