Tim Jobe, Twin Brook’s soft spoken winemaker, took a group of us downstairs for a taste of the 2011 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He told us that this will probably be his last stab at the Cab Sav as it’s a historic challenge to produce at Twin Brook. It was looking to be a great year for it until Hurricane Irene turned the tables on the crop. It will not be as full bodied and powerful as expected but the juice will be beneficial in upcoming blended wines.
After sampling from the barrels, our amazing hostess Loraine gave us a tasting from the current lineup. She is extremely knowledgeable about wine and fired me up about planning a Sonoma/Napa vacation (You might remember her from Harvest Festival) . A standout for me was the Springhouse Red made from sweet Norton grapes. Goes great with gumbo and any kind of chocolate. Great dessert wine.
- 2011 Cayuga – a crisp white blend with hints of apple and a slightly dry finish. Great chilled and paired with dark chocolate (Shout out to Wilbur’s in Lititz).
- 2010 Cab Franc – Full bodied and powerful. Pairs great with sharp cheddar cheese.
- 2008 Cab Sav – Barrel aged for 2 years. Peppery taste.
- 2010 Reserve Chardonnay – Loraine claims that this will stand up against almost any Chardonnay out there. Though I’m not a big fan of Chardonnay I thought it was quite good. A chilled glass was complimented by white chocolate quite well.
Always a pleasurable visit. Do yourself a favor and stop by.