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August Hill Winery Frontenac Elevage NV

Member Review by Tyler Worth:

86 points. This wine’s aroma is pungent and extremely earthy. This is almost like a trip to the gardening department at a hardware store. Don’t get me wrong, I actually kind of like it, but it’s really intense and different from any other port I have analyzed before. It’s like potting soil and extremely dark chocolate, like 99% dark, with this kind of green tinge running through it that makes me think of the plants that would be growing on top of all these dark earthy components. It’s actually pretty neat. The palate opens with a deep floral component, some honey, and a very delicate touch of smoke. It’s got great smoothness, and there is that same dark chocolate and soil tone from the aroma running through it. This wine is really unique, with a distinct forest floor quality about it. It’s got a delicate mouthfeel, and a pretty nice finish that lasts for quite some time after it’s gone. This could be a challenging wine for people to really get into, especially if they are accustomed to more traditional ports. But if you’re the kind of person that likes really well made earthy Pinot Noir, this might be a port dessert style worth trying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #33: Tasting Illinois Frontenac at August Hill Winery ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/25/post-33-tasting-illinois-frontenac-at-august-hill-winery/ )

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August Hill Winery:
August Hill Winery was built in July, 2004. The day before the first grapes arrived (September 19, 2004), we moved in tanks, presses and crushers to take on this first harvest. Next to arrive was the bottling equipment and then the many family and friends to help us bottle and label the first bottles of August Hill Winery wine. We have added additional equipment and even built a loading dock ... Read more
August Hill Winery was built in July, 2004. The day before the first grapes arrived (September 19, 2004), we moved in tanks, presses and crushers to take on this first harvest. Next to arrive was the bottling equipment and then the many family and friends to help us bottle and label the first bottles of August Hill Winery wine. We have added additional equipment and even built a loading dock to help us handle all of the bottles that are now passing through the winery. It is hard to believe that this building stood empty a few years ago when it was built. It is now filled with wine-making equipment and wine. The heart of the winery is the volunteers, family and friends who share our passion for creation. They help us with planting, pruning, harvesting, crushing, bottling, labeling, taste testing, transporting grapes and wine, repairing and so many other tasks that have contributed to our success. Read less

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Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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3.00 5
01/18/2011

86 points. This wine’s aroma is pungent and extremely earthy. This is almost like a trip to the gardening department at a hardware store. Don’t get me wrong, I actually kind of like it, but it’s really intense and different from any other port I have analyzed before. It’s like potting soil and extremely dark chocolate, like 99% dark, with this kind of green tinge running through it that makes me think of the plants that would be growing on top of all these dark earthy components. It’s actually pretty neat. The palate opens with a deep floral component, some honey, and a very delicate touch of smoke. It’s got great smoothness, and there is that same dark chocolate and soil tone from the aroma running through it. This wine is really unique, with a distinct forest floor quality about it. It’s got a delicate mouthfeel, and a pretty nice finish that lasts for quite some time after it’s gone. This could be a challenging wine for people to really get into, especially if they are accustomed to more traditional ports. But if you’re the kind of person that likes really well made earthy Pinot Noir, this might be a port dessert style worth trying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #33: Tasting Illinois Frontenac at August Hill Winery ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/25/post-33-tasting-illinois-frontenac-at-august-hill-winery/ )




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