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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Persimmon Creek Vineyards 2005 Seyval Blanc  (Georgia)

Persimmon Creek Vineyards

2005 Seyval Blanc

However much we may conjure up steamy-sultry images of Georgia, this is a cool climate wine that speaks directly to the Georgia hill country, where elevations reveal themselves in wines of crisp acidity, bright and lively fruit and no flab.

I first wrote about Seyval Blanc in its English vineyard incarnation more than three decades ago. In the interim I’ve tasted it from a host of cool climate venues across North America and even grown and tried my hand at making it in Nova Scotia, with occasional medal success.

I have to say that this Georgian rendering stands in the top echelon of my experience with the variety. In the nose the Persimmon Creek wine presents itself as fresh and clean with a wisp of buttery promise. On the palate it is more expressive with lemon and startling minerality (wish I knew more about the soils in that vineyard), and, again, a subtle touch of crème caramel. The wine finds just the right balance of acidity and body, covering every edge of the palate without stalling like a sack of excess in any one place. Well done, Georgia!

Reviewed February 25, 2007 by Roger Dial.


Other Awards & Accolades

Wine Spectator’s John Mariani (Dec. 2007) on his first course at the Sea Island, Georgia’s “majestic Georgian Room”:

“The wine was a delightful surprise – Persimmon Creek Seyval Blanc 2006, a perfect match for that particular Indian summer evening… (with) Georgia blue crab with touches of heirloom melon drizzled with vanilla essence and aromatic mint juice.”

Other reviewed wines from Persimmon Creek Vineyards


The Wine

Winery: Persimmon Creek Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Seyval Blanc
Appellation: Georgia
Grape: Seyval Blanc
Price: 750ml $19.00

Review Date: 2/25/2007

The Reviewer

Roger Dial

Under various hats (winegrower/maker/negotiant/writer) Roger Dial has been tasting wine professionally for 40 years. He regards varietal and regional diversity as the best virtues of wine, and is ever-suspicious of the quest (by producers and critics, alike) for “universal greatness”. His tasting regime is simple: Is the wine technically sound? Is it interesting? Warning: he’s a sucker for all aromatic varieties.