Middle Sister Wines Part Two

Aw, fall, my favorite time of year. Brilliant pops of orange, yellow and red have been middle-sister-20150602-wine-bottlesappearing on store shelves for weeks and now the vegetation as well. I grew up in Florida and didn’t experienced a true fall. In Florida fall just meant you went to the beach less as the Snow Birds and other tourists flocked to the white sand and began clogging the roadways. Fall in NE Georgia is a true fall with leaves changing colors, temps dropping and the leaves too.
At my house, September brings what I consider decorating season as I put away décor that is up for much of the year only to brought out again on January 1. Currently my house is filling with pumpkins, both real and faux, ravens and little by little, Halloween. Oh yes, this weekend I’m bringing out all the Halloween décor and there are many. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
A couple of weeks ago I talked about three of the Middle Sister wines I received as samples. I have a few more to cover in this post. So let’s get going.
Sweet and Sassy Moscato
I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of sweet wines so Moscato is not my favorite varietal. However I happened to have a couple of house guests one weekend and one does enjoy sweet wines. I asked them to sample with me.
Tropical pineapple and mango aromas. Flavors of pineapple, peach and a touch of honey. I had just a small glass which reminded me of sweet tea minus the tannins. The sweet wine lover approved of the wine and enjoyed the rest of the bottle.

Varietal – 100% Moscato
Appellation – California
Alcohol – 12.5%
RS – 8.00%
TA g/100mL – 0.72
pH – 3.3
Aged – Steel
SRP – $12

Rebel Red Winemakers Blend
Smokey dark plum and blackberry aromas. Lush flavors of red currant, strawberry and plum with a beautiful leather finish. This was by far my favorite of the Middle Sister Wines. Drinks like a $20 wine.

Varietal – 25% Merlot, 25% Mouvedre, 25% Malbe, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Zinfandel, 5% Carignane
Appellation – 25% Central Coast, 75% Lodi
Alcohol – 13.5%
RS – 0.50%
TA g/100mL – 0.55
pH – 3.75
Aged – 5 mos French Oak
SRP – $12

Wine sipping on the porch in the evenings is back in full swing. I love looking out at the Dogwoods and seeing more and more red leaves each day. I also notice the days are getting shorter and it’s dark by 8:00 PM. Some nights we just light a few lanterns and enjoy the outdoors, knowing in a few months we’ll bundle up and eventually just drink wine by the fireplace in the evenings. All that’s missing is a bearskin rug. Guess we’ll have to snuggle up to our dog Rooster instead.


About Kellie Stargaard

Wine blogger
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