Who knew Cape Cod produced such tasty wine? I definitely didn’t. This was a nice, little discovery when I visited the Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod with my family yesterday afternoon. Apparently, sandy soil, warm ocean breezes, and a temperate climate combine to produce some quality wine-making grapes.
The Truro Vineyards grow Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot on their 5-acre farm. They also source grapes from vineyards in Massachusetts, New York, and California, which allows them to make a greater variety of wines. This year, they produced 13 different wines. Pretty good for a small vineyard, right?
When we arrived at the vineyard, we decided to take a free tour. (They’re offered everyday at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.) It lasted about an hour, and we learned all about the vineyard, its history, and the wine it produces.
After the tour, we did a tasting of 10 different wines. Not surprisingly, I enjoyed most of the white wines, including the 2010 Pinot Grigio and the 2009 Vignoles.
The reds were wonderful too, but my favorite of the bunch was the 2008 Triumph, which I now regret not buying a bottle of. It would be so perfect with some stinky cheese while relaxing on our back porch one evening. Oh, well.
Tasting Notes: Triumph is a classic Bordeaux-style blend that is both bold and elegant. This balanced blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc has good tannic structure plus plenty of dry, inviting oak. this dry red wine enhances beef, lamb and hardy cheeses.