2016 Keswick Vineyards
Even without a decant, the ‘16 Estate Reserve from Keswick Vineyards and their brilliant winemaker Stephen Barnard rises out of the glass with pronounced notes of ripe blueberries, subtle oak & forrest floor. If one didn’t know the origin I’m convinced we’d hear Italy, France- maybe even California for the sake of the fruit of it.
The tannins are silky but the backbone is/has been clearly melting into the ‘meat’ and mid-palate of the wine.
Simply put: this is a remarkable Cabernet that I still can’t believe came from Virginia. — 2 months ago
100% Touriga- and a strong example of how this Portuguese grape is playing a unique role within and upon the blossoming Virginia Wine scene. A sort of stewed red fruit finds its way to the nose which is followed by a surprisingly medium-bodied palate that rhymes with what the nose has already said. It’s a juicy, surprisingly deep effort that I bet will only get better over the next year. The palate is crisp but specifically well-rounded, leading to a juicy finish that, again, is packed with that “stewed fruit” trait that first found its way to the nose. This is a wonderful effort. — 10 months ago
Fabulously strong run while staying in the “Va Cab Lane”. Nicely concentrated with Stewie dark fruit and herbal framing… Both cerebral and functional in fit & finish￼. Acid is enough at this point but will taper and could become a little flabby if left too long in the cellar￼. A nice toastiness is detected while not interfering with the single block terroir ￼￼expression. — 3 months ago
Estate Reserve Chardonnay- not the Mt. Juliet. The body is polished and round, acid is tempered and slightly Subordinate to mouthfeel. In this case, the width and luxurious Ness is more prominent than freshness… A very mature bottle with loads of potential for rich creamy lobster dishes. 1 bottle remains!!￼ — a year ago
2017 Keswick vineyards “Heritage” Estate Reserve
85% Cabernet Sauvignon
7.5% Cabernet Franc
A gorgeous, true-to-place blend from the Monticello AVA. The nose is loaded with notes of clove, all-spice, raspberries, and as it breathes those flavors melt together. The attack on the palate is perhaps the Heritage’s strongest point- beautifully balanced and an integrated richness of fine tannins, expressive and powerful yet somehow delicate. Once again, as the best wines out of Monticello (or anywhere for the matter) the Heritage has something genuine to say. Just so happens it is also very well-spoken. The finish is lengthy and reflects the flavors that took to build up the structure. This is more than a delight- it’s a discovery. — 7 months ago