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Yadkin Valley Wine
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The appellation hosts a growing number of wineries, concentrated at moderate elevations. The majority of vines here are Vitis vinifera, with wineries finding the greatest success with Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The Yadkin Valley viticultural area was born out of a need to find a new crop. With tobacco in decline, farmers needed to find a more profitable way to utilize their fertile grounds. The gently rolling hills and the mixture of clay and loam soils provide the area with excellent drainage. Combine that with a long, warm growing season and a mild winter and you find the recipe for successful viticulture. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)
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Raylen Chardonnay Barrel
|Winery:||RayLen Vineyards & Winery|
|Region:||USA » North Carolina » Yadkin Valley|
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Mark, I've heard/read some stories about Costco such as they are the ... this NC red blend from the Yadkin Valley. Not bad for mid-week quaffing but nothing special either. Not much on the nose and the flavor profile is mainly ripe black cherries, a bit of that cherry cough syrup, medium tannins and somewhat light acidity. Think we'll open so... Read More
Fairly simple but decent enough for a North Carolina red blend. Not much in the way of aromatics with just a hint of astringent earthiness. On the tongue there's some ripe black cherry, pencil lead and a touch of that same earth. Medium acid, fairly light on the tannins and a short finish. Read More
DM, can't imagine what all you're experiencing over there but sounds ... ... with a selection from Yadkin Valley. Interesting but not great North Carolina dessert wine made from Chambourcin. Just a touch of stewed prunes and cooked blueberries on the nose. On the palate is ripe black plum, blueberry cobbler, prune, a touch of musk or earth, l... Read More
Asheville, eh? So a quick trip to the NC Wine country. It's ... checking out winemakers in Yadkin Valley and elsewhere.&nbs Read More
This is a NC wine from our beloved Yadkin Valley AVA. Light gold in color, there's some interesting floral and petrol aromatics not unlike a slightly older Riesling. That's where most of the similarities stop however, as this is more tropical on the palate along with dried apricot, some nice acidity but with a touch of bitterness on the back end... Read More
While I'm letting a 2003 Carlisle zin air out a bit to go with dinner, I ... I ... wine from our beloved Yadkin Valley AVA. Light gold in color, there's some interesting floral and petrol aromatics not unlike a slightly older Riesling. That's where most of the similarities stop however, as this is more tropical on the palate along with dried ... Read More
Not bad for North Carolina wine. Fairly simple with flavors of white peach and honey suckle. Medium acidity and a short finish. There's a bit of a metallic bite on the backend. Read More
Pleasant surprise for a North Carolina wine. Lean and crisp, unoaked chardonnay with nice notes of creamy lemon and a hint of golden apple. There's a short to medium finish and a touch of acidity. Read More
Second evening in a row having a Yadkin Valley North Carolina chardonnay. This Dobbins Creek is even nicer than the Laurel Gray. Light on its feet with fresh creamy lemon chiffon, a hint of green apple, nice acidity and a medium finish. There are a couple NC wineries doing justice to the chardonnay grape and this is one of the better ones. Read More
For a North Carolina wine this is very good chardonnay. Fresh golden apple, a touch of lemon pith, nice acidity and a medium finish. None of the harsh bitter almond that sometimes plaques NC whites. Quite nice. Read More
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