Wine List & Tasting Notes

Wine List & Tasting Notes

  • Muscadine Wines
  • “Fingerprint” Edition
  • White Wines
  • Red Wines

About the Muscadine Grape

Often called “America’s First Grape,” muscadine grapes thrive in hot climates of the southeastern United States. This unique environment makes them special in their ability to heal themselves from disease, bacteria, and fungi that often plague European grapes.

Many nutritionists have found muscadine grapes are loaded with more healthy compounds than other much-touted foods such as blueberries, goji berries, green tea, red wine, and dark chocolate. Muscadine grapes and their seeds are one of nature’s best sources of antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties. Compared to other grapes, muscadine grapes have 40 times more resveratrol — the polyphenol found in red wine that is proven to benefit cardiovascular health, blood sugar levels and the aging process.

Duncan Creek: This wine is from 100% Georgia Muscadine grapes. Sweet and crisp, it is the classic Georgia Muscadine wine. 13.5% Alcohol, 6% Residual Sugar.

Duncan Creek Rosé: This is our newly released rose made with 100% Georgia grown Noble Muscadine grapes. It shows classic exotic nuances and sweet floral perfume of our southern muscadine grape. Delicate pink in color, this wine is beautifully sweet and refreshing. 13.5% Alcohol, 7% Residual Sugar.

Duncan Creek Red: Made from 100% Georgia-grown Muscadines, specifically the red variety known as Noble. It is a sweet, floral wine in a classic southern style.  It is a beautiful vibrant ruby red color and shows a touch of cherry nuance on the palate. 13.5% Alcohol, 6% Residual Sugar.

Summer Wine: Same great profile of our classic Muscadine wine but with clean and clear peach nectar essences. 13.5% Alcohol, 6% Residual Sugar.

Spring Blossom: This rose wine made from Muscadine grapes poses a unique flavor of strawberry and a nice clean taste. 13.5% Alcohol, 6% Residual Sugar.

Autumn Blush: This wine has a light red color, with a sweet raspberry taste and a crisp and vibrant finish. 12.5% Alcohol, 6% Residual Sugar.

Cherokee White: Cherokee White is our brand new wine made from blending the classic Carlos Muscadine of the South United States with the European varieties Chardonnay, Grenache, & Viognier. The wine is matured in stainless steel tanks and shows nuances of bright flowers, citrus, and peach notes. This wine is easy to pair with food as the residual sugar is only 1.5% which makes this much more dry than traditionally made muscadine wine. Delightfully crisp and refreshing.

Cherokee Rosé: Cherokee Rosé is our new wine made from the Noble Muscadine grape and the classic European varieties of Chardonnay, Grenache, and Zinfandel. This wine is very refreshing and displays notes of exotic fruit and fresh cherries. Its balanced mouthfeel truly expresses the Georgia terrior like no other.

Super Premium “Fingerprint” Edition Wines

*All of our Fingerprint wines are limited in production and therefore have very limited availability.

Nancy, 2016 : Nancy was the very first super premium white wine of the Fingerprint series. Our 2016 harvest offered us the optimal chance of reaching the level of quality and style we were striving for. Nancy has been dedicated to and named after Chateau Elan founder, Dr. Nancy Panoz.

It is a blend of 4 varieties, 42% Viognier, 24% Trebbiano, 23% Albarino and 11% Chardonnay. The grapes were harvested from the 19th of August to the 20th of September 2016.  The single varieties have been fermented separately and blended just prior the bottling. No malolactic fementation, and only 5% was aged in new French oak barrels, the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks. Color is a nice middle tone gold with green nuances.  On the nose it shows a mix of citrus fragrances with sweet hawthorn and jasmine notes. Light notes of bread and ginger are present as well. After tasting, a light tannin structure coming from the viognier and trebbiano grapes follows. It has a great entrance, persistent saltiness, smooth middle palate and a spiky-vivid acidity. 13.8% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Les Petits, 2016 : An even blend of  Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah grown in Paso Robles and Woodlands, this opulent wine is strong, deep, and very rich. It is intense and highly structured, delivering layers of nuances from dark raisin to bread to spicy berry tart and finishing with a beautiful finish. Les Petits is a wine that is perfect for lovers of succulent, deep, rich, red wines. 15.5% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Uvaggio, 2016 : Uvaggio is a beautiful red blend of Barbara and Tempranillo with a black violet color. Aromas of prunes, dates, dried olives, chocolate, and menthol fill your nose while on the palate a bright, dry-yet-fruity wine coats your mouth and finishes with a baked blueberry and sea salt finish. This is a beautifully intense red wine that showcases rich dried fruits and luscious aromas.  15.8% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Grenache, 2017 : This stunning wine is ruby in color and opens up at the nose with an abundance of chocolates and cherries with hints of leather. The intensity on the palate is quite amazing – a big volume followed by a spicy acidity yet has delicate tannins and a bright smooth finish. This is a wine you will wish you had every day, at any time. 15.5% Alcohol. 0.1% RS

Tempranillo, 2015 : This wine shows a bright deep violet color, almost black. Aromas and flavors of rasins, dark chocolate, molasses, and port with a chewy, crisp, medium-full body and a carefree finish with firm tannins. Rich dried fruits show beautifully in this dense and chewy tempranillo. 15% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Montepulciano, 2016 : This wine is the perfect New World Montepulciano. This wine is a deep ruby in color and displays aromas of cherry preserves, pencil shavings, and cedar with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium body. Delicate graphite and baking spices finish in the wine with firm tannins and balanced oak flavor. 15% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Rosé Reserve, 2017 : Our first edition of Chateau Elan Rosé Reserve has a very elegant light salmon pink. Bright citrus flavors with delicate fragrant raspberry notes. This rose is dry as a traditional rosé from the Provence region in France; smooth, mineral, and salty it ends with a lovely buttery crust bread aftertaste. Predominantly from Syrah grapes grown in Lake County and harvested on the 10th of September 2017, the wine aged in stainless steel tank for 6 months. 13.5% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Reserve Chardonnay, 2018 : As per tradition Chateau Elan Chardonnay has a heavy gold color which is the anticipation of the full body taste profile you are going to experience. The bouquet is creamy with notes of nougat, dolce vanilla and orange flavors. On the palate, a vibrant and rich mouthfeel reveals subtle notes of lightly toasted hazelnuts and a crisp acidity.  The grapes of this chardonnay have been harvested in Kelseyville (CA), 20% on the 8th of September and 80% on the 21st of September. The entire volume aged in new French oak barrels for 8 months. 14% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Reserve Pinot Grigio, 2018 : Our Pinot Grigio differs from the typical light bodied grigios you might be used to. The color is yellow with very light green reflections. The bouquet shows notes of nectarine, peach and sweet pineapple. It tastes mineral with a medium body, a nice acidity and a sustained alcohol. The finish is clean and it is all about saltiness and smoothness. The grapes were harvested on the 18th of August in the Woodland vineyards and it aged in stainless steel until the bottling day. 14% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 : Bright light medium gold color. This is an old-world style Sauvignon Blanc, rich with the essence of apricot, fresh grapefruit, and sea salt. It finishes with crisp green apple nuances and notes of citrus peel zest. Grapes grown in Lake County, CA. 13.5% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Moscato D’Asti D.O.C.G, 2018 : A true Italian wine made for us by our twin winery in Piedmont, Italy, and available only here at Château Élan. It is sweet and slightly sparkling with distinct notes of peach and orange blossoms. This fresh moscato has refined bubbles and hints of elderberry and wisteria on the palate with a sweet white fruit finish. 5.5% Alcohol, 9% RS

Chateau Elan Brut Reserve: It is a lively sparkling wine made in the charmat method. 100% Chardonnay grapes, this is a fun, bright sparkling wine. It is slightly off-dry with beautiful flavors of lemon and green apple adorning the bouquet. Grapes grown in Lodi, CA. 12% Alcohol, 1% RS

Queen Tahiti Brut D’Ananas: We are pleased to offer this rare and extremely limited edition of Queen Tahiti Brut D’Ananas Pineapple Wine. Handcrafted in Tahiti, this wine was selected in 2018 by celebrity Chef Ducasse, at Chateau de Versailles in Paris, to commemorate King Louis XIV and the excellence of the French culinary represented by the pineapple. Crafted with an organic winemaking process producing minimal sulfites, this creation restores all the aromatic richness of pineapple, sublimated by subtle notes of lemon and vanilla. Only 300cs are available in the United States and only at Chateau Elan. 13.5% Alcohol, 0.5% RS

Dolce Rosso, 2018 : From the extremely rare Birbet grape variety, this wine is made exclusively for Château Élan by our twin winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. Aromas of fresh roses greet the nose as a delicate sweetness meets the palate. Made in the frizzante style, this slightly sparkling sweet wine is sure to not disappoint from start to finish. 5.5% Alcohol, 9% RS

Chateau Elan Reserve Pinot Noir, 2017 : Fruity, earthy, and elegant, our Pinot Noir exhibits fruit characteristics only displayed in the finest Pinot Noir grapes. After 12 months of aging in brand new French oak barrels, this vibrant, powerful Pinot is sure to please even the most discerning palates with an unexpected depth and smoothness. Grapes grown in Yuba, Paso Robles, and Mendocino. 14.5% Alcohol, 0.1% Residual Sugar.

Chateau Elan Reserve Merlot, 2017 : A deep intense red color with some dark orange accents. It has spicy and peppery flavors with dust notes and some persistent fragrances of sweet vanilla in conjunction with a light pomegranate background. The palate is extremely textured with a smooth yet persistent tannin structure. The after taste is long, elegant and classic of this variety. This wine is made from 4 French clones of Merlot grown in 2 different vineyards in Davis and Yuba, California.  Harvested together on the 4th of September 2017, the wine aged for a little over 12 months in French oak barrels. It has been bottled without any filtration nor addition of fining agents. 14.5% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Yuba and Lake County. It aged for 14 months in new French oak and is unfined and unfiltered with an opaque violet color. Creamy, fruity aromas of black raspberry buttercream, praline, and delicate herbs and spices with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long cassis, honey, nuts, and earth finish with dusty coating tannins and moderate elegant oak. A zesty, flavor-packed cabernet that is sure to please the most exigent palates. 15% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Velvet Reserve, 2016 : Velvet Reserve 2016 has a vivid ruby color and comes from the blend of Zinfandel, Barbera, and Tempranillo grapes grown in our Davis vineyards. It is a slightly-oaked fruit bomb with lots of cassis and strawberry flavors, somehow reminiscent of the Beaujolais  wines. It balances power and smoothness with a round palate and soft tannins. It is the classic food-friendly wine that can pair with mild and flavorful foods. It has been aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. 15.5% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

Chateau Elan Scarlet Reserve, 2017 : The 2017 Scarlet is predominately Syrah grapes harvested in Lake County.  A full bodied fruity profile of watermelon, sweet spices and cedar that drinks like a ripe Italian Red.  The aroma has hints of buttery nut brittle, dark chocolate, creme brulee, and berry jam.  Enjoy now or up to 5 years on its own or paired with dishes like lasagna or braised oxtail ravioli. 15% Alcohol, 0.1% RS

American Port Riserva: This is a ruby style port made from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Touriga Nacional grapes grown in Paso Robles and Lake County. It is opaque garnet black in color. It has baked, fruity aromas on the nose and on the palate, flavors of berry-peach compote, spices, cocoa, and brown butter which fill a velvety, bright, and moderately sweet mid palate. It finishes with a complex mouthfeel, with hints of caramelized nuts, prunes, and dark fruit, leather, spices, and cedar. This is a remarkable domestic re-creation of a fine, well-aged vintage Orporto. You can enjoy it now as well as in 20 years from now. 19% Alcohol, 9% Residual Sugar.