There was a great wine tasting at Aloft Hotel in Cool Springs this evening featuring selections from Eos Estate Winery. Jeffrey Hopmayer, owner of Sapphire Brands, the parent company of Eos Estate Winery in Paso Robles California, attended the tasting.
Jeff, previously from Chicago, is a Brentwood Tennessee resident and has been in the wine and liquor business for 8 years, ever since he retired from corporate America. His company Sapphire Brands owns multiple wineries in California and Italy, a vodka distillery in London and a tequila plant in Mexico. When I asked Jeff if this was a family business, he smiled and said “Nope! I have young children and am enjoying the business myself”
Eos Sauvignon Blanc Classically aromatic, passion fruit and lemongrass predominate. A refreshing burst of citrus and white peach in the mouth, crisp and clean with a refreshing finish.
Eos Chardonnay The senses are caressed with Macintosh apples and light toasty oak balanced by subtle hints of pineapple and banana. Flavors of pineapple and mago jump across the palate with intermittent citrus and green apple. The acidity balanced by the oak seems to have a flavor that lasts forever.
Eos Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas of blueberries, cassis and flowers with hints of cedar, anise and sage. In the mount, a balanced wine with bright fruits up front, slowly relinquishing to the structural components of leather, dried earth, tobacco and sage. A medium length finish.
Eos Petite Sirah Dark plumb, raspberry, black cherry and blueberry introduce this wine to the sense with hints of licorice, smoke and leather. The bright fruit of raspberry introduces the pallet to the darker fruit characters of briery blackberries, cassis and blueberry, leading into rich velvety textures. A wonderful medium length finish rounds out the wine.
All of these wines are available at you local Cool Springs Wine and Spirits retailers.
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