This week, ChaCha Chavez joins Denver Wine Radio to try five fantastic Colorado wines. ChaCha is a radio personality who has spent 30 plus years on the air in Denver, Colorado, as a Program Director and on air talent at these legendary radio stations: KS104, KS107.5, Alice 105.9, Jammin 92.5, Kool105, Jammin 1015.
The first wine on the docket for this episode is the 2018 Riesling by The Storm Cellar based out of The Redstone Vineyard on Sunshine Mesa. "The alpine desert climate, along with a compact growing season, at nearly 5,900 feet above sea level, produces grapes of high concentration and vibrant acidity. Silky in texture, the off-dry style of this Riesling is brimming with notes of ripe peach and starfruit, and it pairs perfectly with a multitude of cuisines, especially spicy dishes." - The Storm Cellar Official Website
Variety - 100% Riesling
Clone - 9
AVA - West Elks
Vineyard - Redstone Vineyard, Wind Machine Block
Harvest Dates - September 29 and October 13, 2018
Fermentation - temperature-controlled stainless steel
Aging - stainless steel
pH - 3.2
TA - 6.55 g/L
RS - 30 g/L
Alcohol - 12.6%
Production - 330 cases
The second wine of the episode is the BookCliff Vineyards 2016 Ensemble Red. This award-winning wine has black pepper and baking spice aromas which are 'inviting on the nose, with a ripe blackcurrant tone adding levity to this blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. On the palate, a black cherry flavour is bright, balanced by dry tannins and oodles of spice, tobacco, oak and cinnamon. The finish is spicy in notes of peppercorn and bay leaf.' - F.A.