Wine Review: Jolo Vineyards 2016 Crimson Creek

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We are big fans of this North Carolina winery and its owner/winemaker JW Ray. We always feel welcomed when entering the winery and having JW come shake our hands and ask us how we’ve been. We’ve even had a chance to interview him as part of our Over a Glass series.

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Winery: Jolo Vineyards
Location: Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
Wine: Crimson Creek, 2016 (Chambourcin)
Average price: $29.00
Date sampled: Feb. 8, 2019


We’re space truckin’ with that deep purple appearance when looking at a glass of Jolo’s 2016 Crimson Creek. This Chambourcin-based wine has a nice fruit forward nose of ripe dark fruits. The palate holds a medium sensation in both the acidity and tannins with a nice velvet finish. The taste of this wine contains some herbal and spice finishes – maybe a slight taste of Anise towards the end. And speaking of the end, this wine has a short finish, which is mildly pleasant, because it allows you to enjoy the “pop” the wine delivers with no lingering effects. What does that mean? You’re ready to enjoy another sip in a shorter amount of time (no need to try to dissect). We’d pair this wine up with something such as lamb, pork loins or pork chops with some homemade apple sauce.