Noir: So good, it might not be here long

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We are excited to introduce our second ever blend from Creekbend.

Noir is 75% Corot Noir, 25% Marechal Foch, and about 85% likely we’ll drink it all ourselves in a short amount of time.

Blends come with a blank canvas where we can (A) unconventionally play with Creekbend fruit and (B) introduce a wine unhindered by expectations. And we love that. Creekbend Noir has a round, soft body with low tannins, rich violet hues and no oak influence. It’s perfect for the back porch, or picnics, or midnight full moon canoe outings.

As it goes, Noir was released at the perfect time. September is our favorite month of the year, and also our busiest. In just two weeks we’ve harvested 80 percent of our grapes from Creekbend. About 140 tons of fruit, pressed into 60,000 gallons of juice, filling so many tanks we had to make a map to keep it all straight, and giving us a just a few minutes in a work week to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine.

We have been enjoying Noir every chance we get.

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Wednesday we stopped to enjoy it with some Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper cheese and pawpaws from Bill Oliver’s back yard. A paw paw is a tropical-like fruit that happens to grow here in Indiana (Did you know we can grow everything in Indiana?). Like a glass of red wine, the paw paw is full of antioxidants. Eat a paw paw every day with a glass of Noir, and you’ll probably live forever.

Note from Bill: Noir also pairs well with smoked chicken sausage grilled over an open flame with onions and mushrooms. Which is how he enjoyed a bottle the night prior. Our winemakers, John and Dennis, also suggest pairing Noir with delicate meats, like duck or lamb.

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We found the high acids in Foch blended perfectly with the Corot, which had very low acids at harvest and brought with it a darker color and flavor intensity. Noir never touched a barrel, and lived only in stainless steel tanks before it was bottled. So the emphasis is on delicate fruit character, best preserved in stainless steel.

Noir is our second ever blend from Creekbend, giving our Chardonel/Vignoles/Vidal Blanc blend its first sibling. It has expanded our Creekbend reds portfolio, falling just before Chambourcin in tannin structure and body, and quite opposite from the rich oak flavors of our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. We can’t stop drinking it. So if you’d like to taste, best come soon.

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