Laurel Gray Vineyards & Winery Profile
Written by Brian—Aug 28, 2018
Ben and Kim Myers planted 10 acres of vines on their 84-acre property near Hamptonville, North Carolina in the Swan Creek AVA (American Viticultural Area). Today the couple bottle wines under the Laurel Gray label that are comprised of at least 90 percent estate fruit. Any sourced grapes are purchased locally.
The wines are crafted by winemaker Stephen Rigby. The Myers' and Rigby are intent on producing wines of world-class quality. Based on my recent tasting, it appears that they have been successful.
I tasted only a handful of he Laurel Gray offerings, but they were all extremely well crafted. Two in particular stood out. Vanilla mingled with the fruit in the barrel fermented Chardonnay. With a big mouth feel and layers of complexity, it is a potential award winner. The Cabernet Sauvignon was a second wine that requires a shout out. Aged in French, American and Hungarian oak, the Cab was distinguished by red fruit, firm tannins and a long finish. It was by far my favorite of the tasting.
Everything that is done at Laurel Gray is done well. The wine, the venue and the customer experience are all worthy of note. It is a must-visit winery. So after you stop in, please let me know what you think.