Turdo Vineyards is located about 3/4 mile from my house in Cape May, NJ. Sad to say the last time I visited them was 2009. (to see the post click here) Not much has changed except the Cape May wine scene has grown. They are still a nice boutique winery located in Cape May toward the ferry. They produce mostly Italian varietals with the majority of them estate grown.
I went there to pick up some wine Carlo DeVito of Hudson-Chatham Winery had ordered. On my way home from the fish market I stopped in and of course found my self belly up tasting the wines with Sal's wife Sarah who is a lovely charming person. Even though the tasting room was quite busy (it was a cloudy beach day) she still gave me attention.
Here is a summary of what I tasted.
2012 Bianco Rielsing - This wine is under the DiLuca label and the grapes in this wine are sourced from a vineyard in Ocean View NJ. This is a nice dry Riesling full of citrus. Hints of lime, grapefruit and lemon give way to some peach breakthrough on the finish. $15
2012 Bianco Albarino - Another wine under the DiLuca Label. I found floral notes on the nose with hints of peach, orange and distant jasmine. Stone fruit filled the palate with soft dried apricot towards the finish. Nice finish. I purchased this wine to go with the shrimp I had in the car for dinner. $16
2012 Pinot Grigio - Nice and crisp with a citrus finish $16
2012 Sauvignon Blanc - A medium bodied made in the Bordeaux style. soft flavors of melon, lemon and grapefruit $17
2012 Pinot Noir - Estate grown and aged in French Oakfor 24 months. Aromas of smoke, cherry and strawberry filled the glass. The wine had nice earthy tones with layers of cherry, strawberry and a bit of cranberry towards the finish. $25
2012 Barbera - Great berry aroma on the nose with hints of vanilla. Nice fresh red berry fruit, acidic with hints of vanilla and some black cherry towards the finish. $25
2011 Persara - This wine is the red blend Sal and his son Luca made for Sarah and Luca designed the label. The base for the wine is Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese. The wine is full of dark dried fruit. $24
2012 Nero D'Avola - this is their signature wine. The indigenous grape of Sicily they are the only vineyard on the east coast that grows this varietal. It was a very lovely wine. The aromas were beautiful. Layers of fresh berries, tea leaves and a hint of licorice. Flavors of black cherry, plum and a hint of black raspberry filled my palate with a slight hint of spice on the finish $29
If you are down in Cape May, this is definitely a winery you want to visit.