I came from Carolina today so pardon my drawl...anyone remember that ditty???
Anyway, I did come from Carolina--North Carolina. While there, I visited an old friend who used to make wine in the Finger Lakes and is now making down south where, according to him, the beach is the draw.
The wines he has produced in the past two years show great promise for the area, even if most of the grapes are grown in Georgia right now.
While there, I sampled a 2004 Viognier that was outstanding--and nearly out of stock. Thick, lush viscosity, a kind of citrus/pepper quality that truly made a pork (what else in Carolina?) in Madeira sauce skip from mere wonderful to certain voluptuousness.
Tonight I am sipping a 2004 Touriga that is on the lean side but pleasantly earthy and noticeably "Old World" like--no identifiable fruit but lots of tannic curiosity coupled with, if I may, Dourosity (if I didn't know ney better I'd say it was a Portuguese dry red, which I suppose it is supposed to emulate.)
Each of the wines came from Georgia fruit but I have to ask again exactly where they were grown because, being on a mini vacation, I did not take notes.
I made a stop at the oldest winery in North Carolina: Duplin. It was a quick stop. After reading some labels I simply wasn't interested. I know, I know, Paul B, but I simply did not want to spend the time to try to like "Magnolia" and "Raspberry something or other..."