Quievremont Winery

Quievremont has actually been open for a while, but only recently opened a formal tasting room. It’s a shame they weren’t better known before, because I really enjoyed my visit!

While driving there be careful about using a GPS; the address took me to their old tasting room/farm, which is NOT where you want to go. But the Amish-barn style tasting room is very nice, with a wonderful view of the farm and pond. I visited only a week after their formal opening so furniture was sparse, but that should fix itself in another few weeks. Fortunately, the patio is ready.

They have 9 or 10 acres of vines, making their wines almost 100% estate (they get some Syrah from elsewhere but that’s it). Some vines were planted in 2008, but many are new. In fact the tasting room’s front lawn is full of new plantings. They also have Malbec planted (although I’m not sure if they will bottle it or use it for Bordeaux blends). The later wouldn’t surprise me since the owner told me they intend to specialize in Bordeaux styles (the family name is French, after all).

Owner/wine maker John Guevremont is a retired Marine Corps aviator, for whom ‘retired’ is a lose term. But his French-Norman name must have a strong pull on him, since he decided to open a winery that focuses on Bordeaux-style wines.

My server was wonderful. He talked me through all their wines, and even cleansed my glass with wine between tastings (most places use water, but wine does a better job clearing out the previous flavors). He did an admirable job trying to convince me to join their wine club, but they are a tad bit far away from me!

As for the wines:

Steel Chardonnay: OK. I like my Chards heavily oaked, so this wasn’t my style.

2014 Merlot: The nose had lots of earth and dark cherry. The body was likewise earthy. Pretty good.

2014 Cab Franc: Like the Merlot, earth & dark cherry. Maybe this is a stylistic thing for them?

2014 Cab Sauvignon: The American Oak barrel shined thru, because I got some nice vanilla. It seemed more mellow than the Merlot of Cab Franc. I almost got a bottle, but was interrupted by…

2014 Meritage: If the other wines were earthy & black fruit, this seemed much lighter, like red cherries. Soft, too. I was so impressed I bought a bottle of the 2012 Meritage.

Rose: Dry style, not bad but I’m not much of a Rose drinker.

Vin de Maison: Table red (Syrah and some others): Not bad, but I was still dreaming about the Meritage so it was hard to pay attention!

Quick note; the name “Quievremont” is a bastardization of the French word for “Goat Mountain”, hence the pictures of goats on the label. Even better, this is a working farm that has goats! It’s not exactly on the agenda, but if you ask politely they may allow you to visit the farm and pet some farm animals.

My server was wonderful. He talked me through all their wines, and even cleansed my glass with wine between tastings (most places use water, but wine does a better job clearing out the previous flavors). He did an admirable job trying to convince me to join their wine club, but they are a tad bit far away from me!

As for the wines:

Steel Chardonnay: OK. I like my Chards heavily oaked, so this wasn’t my style.

2014 Merlot: The nose had lots of earth and dark cherry. The body was likewise earthy. Pretty good.

2014 Cab Franc: Like the Merlot, earth & dark cherry. Maybe this is a stylistic thing for them?

2014 Cab Sauvignon: The American Oak barrel shined thru, because I got some nice vanilla. It seemed more mellow than the Merlot of Cab Franc. I almost got a bottle, but was interrupted by…

2014 Meritage: If the other wines were earthy & black fruit, this seemed much lighter, like red cherries. Soft, too. I was so impressed I bought a bottle of the 2012 Meritage.

Rose: Dry style, not bad but I’m not much of a Rose drinker.

Vin de Maison: Table red (Syrah and some others): Not bad, but I was still dreaming about the Meritage so it was hard to pay attention!

Quick note; the name “Quievremont” is a bastardization of the French word for “Goat Mountain”, hence the pictures of goats on the label. Even better, this is a working farm that has goats! It’s not exactly on the agenda, but if you ask politely they may allow you to visit the farm and pet some farm animals.

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