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Pheasant Reserve

Story

Pheasant ReserveThe Chinese ring-necked pheasant was introduced here in 1898 and was adopted as the South Dakota state bird in 1943. That type of cultural synthesis is reflected by this wine.

Sandi has blended wild, native chokecherries with the fruity, European Merlot, and created something that says, “I’m a South Dakotan!” … with a slight French accent.

 

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Product Description

Pheasant ReserveMerlot grapes and chokecherries blend together to create notes of black cherry, vanilla, pepper, and tobacco.

  • Grape type: Merlot
  • Fruit type: Chokecherry
  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Serving: Cool room temperature (61-63 degrees)
  • Compare to: Old-World style Zinfandel, Sangiovese

 

What to expect

 

See: Black cherry in color with garnet highlights and clear edges.

 

 

Sniff: Warmed black cherries and spicy chokecherries with notes of cola and leather.

 

 

Sip: Soft on the palate from start to finish. Starts with fresh, crushed black cherry with mingling notes of vanilla, pepper, and tobacco on the mid-palate and finish.

 

 

Savor: Soft tannin and tobacco notes.

 

 

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Recipes

Pheasant ReserveCheese Pairing: Aged or smoked Gouda, Tillamook Aged Cheddar, blue cheese

Food Suggestions:
Prairie Berry Winery Kitchen: Roast beef sandwich
Prairie Berry Events Menu: Buffalo quesadilla
At home: Buffalo steak topped with blue cheese crumbles; creamy risotto with Gouda and mushrooms; or arugula salad topped with thinly sliced steak

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Awards

Pheasant Reserve

  1. 2016, Silver Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  2. 2012, Bronze Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  3. 2011, Silver Medal, Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
  4. 2011, Bronze Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  5. 2011, Bronze Medal, Mid-American Wine Competition
  6. 2004, Bronze Medal, Indy International Wine Competition
  7. 2002, Bronze Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition

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