Today’s featured wine comes from Wolf Mountain Vineyards, located in Dahlonega, Georgia. Overlooking the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the vineyard is situated on top of Wolf Mountain at an 1,800 foot elevation. Established in 1999, with the preparation of the 30 acre estate for grape growing, the winery opened to the public in the early spring of 2003. Fast forward to today, the winery has 5,000 vines planted and has exceeded that number in annual case production.
A Rhone-style red wine, the Wolf Mountain Vineyards 2008 Instinct is produced with estate grown fruit from their vineyard in Lumpkin County. A blend of 50% Syrah, 19% Touriga, 17% Mourvèdre and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, the varieties are aged in new French and Hungarian oak for 12 months before being blended and re-barreled for 8 more. Complex and full-bodied, the wine pairs nicely with hearty meals.