Inspire Moore Winery has always held an important place in my heart. When I was 21, and just learning to enjoy local wine, Inspire Moore Winery’s Love, a semi-dry Riesling was one of my favorites. Not only was the wine delicious, it came in a beautiful blue bottle with a lovely pink screen printed label.
Over the years, as my tastes have changed, Inspire Moore has continued to be a winery with one of my favorites, though I’ve moved from Love being my favorite wine, to enjoying the Change ( 95% Blaufränkisch & 5% Cabernet Franc) and Gratitude, a dry white blend.
We were invited by the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail to do a cellar tasting with Tim Moore at the winery. I always love tasting through the barrels and tanks- I really appreciate the opportunity to try the wine before it’s in its final state. It gives you a sneak peek of what’s to come.
About Inspire Moore Winery
Inspire Moore Winery, opened 12 years ago, is located in a historic building in Naples that was once a tavern, then a stagecoach stop and eventually carriage house before being turned into the winery. Not only is the building historic, the details inside are as well. The large wood beams throughout the building were rescued from a barn, and the bar top was crafted by a local artisan. The winery was founded by Timothy Moore, whose enthusiasm about his grapes and wines is contagious. His approach towards winemaking has been impacted by a love of travel and willingness to experiment. His most recent trip to Austria inspired him to make a Zweigelt wine, and he’s using unique oaks like Romanian and Acacia to impart different flavors in the wines.
Tasting at Inspire Moore
When we arrived at the winery, it was alive with the sound of bottling- Tim and his children were busy putting their new Rosé in bottles. We headed down into the winery, located below their tasting room, and began tasting from the tanks and barrels.
Our first sample was their new 2018 Semi-Dry Riesling (called Love), which has an aromatic nose of tangerine, lime rind, and stonefruit that continues onto the palate with a bright acidity and touch of sweetness. It was fun getting to try the wine that was once my favorite.
Next, we tried the 2018 Traminette (called Harmony). It has a beautifully floral nose with loads of lemongrass, tropical fruit, pink apples, as well as white flowers and orange blossom. On the palate, it tasted like a juicy pink lady apple, and had a nice pop of acid to balance the sweetness.
One of the exciting experiments they have embarked on is a barrel trade with High Falls Distillery, where they get bourbon barrels as a trade for french oak barrels. Currently, the bourbon barrels are being used to age Noiret that will go into a red blend. Usually I’m not a fan of bourbon barrel aged reds, but this was an exception- the bourbon taste was so well integrated into the wine. The Noiret has a nose of raisin bread, plum, strawberry, and fruitcake, with a light tannin.
After this, we sampled the 2018 Zweigelt, aged in Romanian oak, that has a super herbaceous nose with notes of anise, pepper, smoke, savory spices, fennel, tart blueberries and blackberries- there was so much going on in this wine.
We also tried a peppery Blaufränkisch, a chocolately Merlot, and smoky Cabernet Franc, all of which I’m super excited to try again when they are finally released.
We ended the day with a couple tastes of their finished wines, particularly those from the Timothy Moore wine series that can only be purchased at the winery. In particular, we loved the 2017 Chardonnay with its classic notes of apple, vanilla, baking spice, and lingering peach skin, and the 2015 Blaufränkisch, with a nose of smoke, forest floor, black pepper, blueberry and black berries.
Visiting Inspire Moore
Hours: Hours are variable by season:
- July through November, they are open Sunday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- December Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- January through March Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- April through June, Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $5 for 6 wines
Group Tastings: 8 or more people are welcome by appointment only, and it must be made in advance. The cost is $8 per person.
Wine Prices: Prices range from $13.99 for Harmony to $46.99 for the dessert wine. Most are around the mid teens to mid twenties range.
Amenities: Other than having the area’s best bathroom, they also have a great deck overlooking the vineyard where you can enjoy a glass of wine and cheese.
Tips for Visiting:
- Try the Timothy Moore Wine series: This line is only available at the winery, and includes their experimental wines that are done using interesting oaks, different clones, and unique approaches.
- Visit the Bathroom: Seriously. They have the best bathroom view in the region, regardless of season.
- Hungry? Head to Roots Cafe: Roots Cafe is right next door, and is a lovely historic building where you can enjoy Inspire Moore wines with a delicious burger or salad.
Not sure you can make it out to the winery? They’ll be at the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Festival on March 29! See you there!