Winery Visit: Talon

Along with Elk Creek, I also visited Talon Winery in Kentucky. My earlier travelogue post has general details about the trip.

My hosts for the weekend are members of the Talon wine club, so we got discounted tasting. Most 1 ounce tastes at Talon are $1, or 6 tastes for $5. A few of their premium wines are $2 for a taste. I tasted a combination of vitis vinifera and hybrid grapes. Most of their wines are still non-vintage dated.

Moondance Pinot Grigio (NV) Kentucky – $21/bottle. Gunsmoke and flint aromas, with an oily body – very Alsatian in style. Some citrus on the tongue. Finishes a little quickly, but still nice.

Traminette (NV) Kentucky – $16/bottle. A spicy/sweet Gewurztraminer-style nose. Off dry with a good, full body. Nice spice notes plus lychee and orange peel, and a touch of star anise. I bought a bottle – recommended.

Reserve Chambourcin (NV) Kentucky – $25/bottle. The reserve bottling of this variety indicates a longer fementation. This has a heady nose with some licorice. A good body for the grape – balanced acidity and berry fruit. Nice.

Syrah (NV) Kentucky – $30/bottle. Some heat on the nose. This is medium bodied, with lots of pepper.  I’d consider it a good $10 bottle, but $30 is asking too much.

Cabernet Sauvignon (2008) Kentucky – $29/bottle. Some smoke and bacon on the nose. A medium body for a Cabernet, not particularly fruit-forward. Nothing special.

Monarch Cabernet Franc (2008) Kentucky – $25/bottle. A classic pepper and cedar nose. Too tart on the palate, however. Disappointing.

We hung out for a while at the picnic tables with an afternoon snack, and passed around a bottle of the Coyote Red.  This is a blend of Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin; darker than a rosé, so the Chambourcin is the dominant grape in the blend. Very interesting to see how it got sweeter at lower temperatures. A fun wine for $17 a bottle, with great notes of rhubarb – this would be a great wine to have with strawberry shortcake or other fruity summer desserts. I purchased a bottle for the cellar.

My overall impression is that they need to work on concentration of fruit in their reds – their land is flatter, and they may need to do something else with pruning or green cropping to boost the intensity of flavor.

 

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