Every now and then I’m reminded of how I’m not getting any younger. This morning was one of those times. I was maybe a bit overzealous when I agreed to do a 5k run/walk for Habitat for Humanity with some of the girls at work. My good friend and coworker Michelle has been diligently training in a Couch-To-5k program for months and today was the big finale. A 5k in downtown West Chester at 10 a.m.
A few years ago I went through a running renaissance of my own. Cardio training, 5ks every other weekend and blogging my way through a quest to run a 10 miler. Since that triumphant run in May 2009 I have been pretty inactive. But I said to myself … what’s one 5k? By the second lap my body was reminding me that I wasn’t a skinny 17 year old anymore and this wasn’t the 200 yard dash I was running. I forgot how long 3.1 miles actually was.
Anyway, what’s a better way to celebrate a successful race than to drink wine? This is the final weekend of Barrels on the Brandywine. The ten of us met at Penn’s Woods, which is located on a large farm in Chadd’s Ford. Because I visited a week ago for the green wine I was practically part of the staff. Or I acted that way in front of my group anyway (snicker).
I saw Andrea, the lovely overseer of the tasting room inside and she had a sizeable friendly staff on hand. Below are this weekends offerings listed in order of serving. The tasting notes are provided by Penn’s Woods:
Proprietor’s Reserve 2006
Deep lemony gold in color, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio has a warm nose packed with generous aromas of butterscotch, tropical fruit and citrus.
– This was the infamous green wine served at the St. Proprietor’s tasting
Pinot Grigio Reserve 2006
This wine possesses a rich, clear, bright gold appearance. Hints of honeydew, melon and cantaloupe give way to abundant tropical fruit on the palate. Pinot minerality cuts through the mid-palate giving way bits of buttery almonds and toasted oak on the finish.
Merlot Reserve 2006
Deep purple in color, this wine has aromas of blackberry, cocoa and coffee grounds. The “dusty” tannins provide for a long, smooth, flavorful finish.
– My absolute favorite. I picked up 3 bottles of the ’05, see below
Chambourcin Reserve 2006
Deeply garnet in color, it has a bright, almost dazzling appearance. It carries a bouquet with notes of pomegranate, black pepper, sage and a hint of root spice. Earth tones of plum and blackberry on the mid-palate end in a dry and racy finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005
This wine is absolutely 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it shows. It possesses a lean, forward structure of cassis, boysenberry and dark red cherry fruit.
Ameritage Reserve 2004
A blend of many grapes; only the best of the best are used. A complex nose full of dark berries and bakers chocolate transitions into terroir driven, bursting ripe red fruit on the palate. Soft tannins round out a long superb finish. This delicious old-world Bordeaux style blend is beautifully structured, elegantly ageable, and unbelievably rewarding.
– Loved this … a close second behind the Merlot for me
This beautiful dessert wine is Merlot based. White peaches jump off the nose and continue through the palate. Smooth, sweet, and easy to drink. Enjoy after a meal or any time.
– I bought a bottle of this. Delicious dessert wine.
This Merlot based dessert wine has beautiful structure and perfectly balanced tannins. Flavors of ripe, juicy cherry entice the palate. The long silky finish provides flavors of chocolate and cinnamon.
– The Lacrema Dolce is brand new and very reminiscent of Port
The tasting rooms have been recently expanded to include two rooms in the back of the building. For Barrels, Penn’s Woods presented some samples of naturally infused olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.
Since I was such a fan of the ’06 Merlot, I was enlightened by the staff that the ’05 was PHENOMENAL. 2005 was a great vintage overall for Penn’s Woods. Though it wasn’t being offered for tasting today, here are the notes on it …
Merlot Reserve 2005
This St. Emilion inspired Merlot appears ruby in the glass with hints of violent coloring. On the nose it emits aromas of strawberry preserves, dried cherries and hints of tobacco. Exploding on the palate with enormous terroir driven red fruit and finishing with meticulous tannins, this masterpiece is sinfully enjoyable now but will continue to develop for another 15 years.
I couldn’t resist. I bought 3 bottles. I’ll report back on it later hahaha.
This was a fantastic visit and everyone in my group had a great time. Kris brought her Mom and we had cake to celebrate Steve’s birthday. I want to thank the accomodating folks at Penn’s Woods for their excellent hospitality and high quality vino.
As always thanks to my great friends for coming out. I will definitely be back.