Northern Region, Virginia


Village Chardonnay 2016

Declassified grapes ;) Decidedly warm and generous, this 4+ yr old still has acid for our food regiment. Jim would admit the Village build is touch flabby, but his “3rd” Chardonnay is better (short and long term) than 98.5% of regional efforts. This guy had some vanilla, tropical citrus, dry marcona almonds, and  velour texture. What it lacked in crisp concrete/stainless inspired acidity, it made up for in richness and in length. 90 points only because the vineyard designates need to score 3 to 4 points higher ;) — 20 days ago

Michael Shaps

Monticello Tannat 2016

Ahh, varietally correct tannat :) While a little thin in the late-palate finish, there is a richness on the attack that make for a raised eyebrow. One could see a 93-4pt gem if this was blended with 30% PV. Nevertheless, a fab expression of varietal that make Virginia shine. — 24 days ago

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Michael Shaps

Wild Meadow Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Well, the 2016 has turned the page / it seems to be paradigm shift from the previous vintages (tighter, restrained, minimal oak). The ‘16 is quite voluminous with warm caramel brioche and baked lemon liquor. While golden and opulent, this is not a gentle and elegant food wine. Thus I am on the fence whether I want another bottle… I probably will get one because it’s still available and look for a better food pair. Day two, allowed for some beautiful sipping, though ;) edit: I will get another bottle…very nice sipper on day 2…mouthfeel is glorious! — a month ago

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Casanel Vineyards

Petit Verdot 2015

One of the most COMPLETE single estate, 100% PV in my cellar. Checks all the boxes: taste, texture, tannin, and tenacity ;) Nice work, Katie! Yes, your PV is as good or better than Jim’s. I know you were aiming for that target. — 11 days ago


Avenius Red Blend 2014

Just as Jim describes on his library notes… — 20 days ago

King Family Vineyards

Crosé Merlot Rosé 2019

Crisp and clean with a bit of strawberry and watermelon. Perfect for post yard work — 25 days ago

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The Winery at La Grange

Harrison House Red 2016

Peppery and meaty, good earth flavor — 16 days ago

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Monticello Albariño

Paired with oysters & softshells for dinner with Eli — 9 days ago

Chatham Vineyards

Church Creek Rosé Blend 2020

Strawberry minerals off dry refreshing springtime dreamy rose pairing well with the salinity of seared scallops. Bottled a few months ago and super delicious. — 18 days ago