USDA Rural Development investments make families, communities, and businesses better and happier, but a Business Guaranteed Loan in 2015 actually made great wine! Well, the winemakers made the great wine…but we helped make it possible.
The brainchild of three partners with experience in making AND tasting wine, Flying Leap Vineyards in southern Arizona has been producing excellent wines for several years.
This year Sunset Magazine’s International Wine Competition brought together top wine tasters from the west to judge nearly 3,000 bottles of wine. Among the Gold Medal winners was Flying Leap Vineyards’ 2015 “Trio” and 2014 Tannat. In the magazine’s October 2017 edition they described the wine as a blend of “Grenache Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, and Picpoul Blanc with expansive floral aromas; a pert palate of tangerine, green apple, and anise and a zesty finish.” Flying Leap’s 2014 Tannat was awarded a coveted “Best in Class” distinction by the judges. WOW!
Rural Development is pleased to have helped at the “start” of that “finish”!
Congratulations to Gold Medal Winner Flying Leap Vineyards.