Santa Virginia

Breaux Vineyards

Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

12 yrs young and LOTS of life left to go. Phenolics and acids are in great place. Flavors are tight and narrow...dense and sinewy, but black cherry cola is the simplest sound bite. 1 more bottle to open in the fall of 2023. This is the basic build and not a reserve selection… But Dave Collins did a good job, again :) — 20 hours ago

Barboursville Vineyards

Allegrante Nebbiolo-Petit Sirah Rosé Blend 2017


Another surprising hit from Virginia even if not as impressive as the two Italian whites. Light pink color with good fruits and floral rose notes and balanced acidity on palate. Great food wine again. AA7 deal! — 17 days ago

Stolpman Vineyards

L'Avion Santa Ynez Valley Roussanne 2008

Nose has bruised pear, warm vanilla, carmel poured on pineapple, sweet yellow apple, ripe pineapple, soaked golden raisin, tangerine peel and spring honeysuckle.

Palate has buttered popcorn, butter poached pear, fresh apricot, chamomile tea, (minor) candle wax, medium acidity, mouth-coating viscosity with a long finish; outstanding. This can hold in proper storage until 2022-24.

Last of our Stolpman stash; we purchased this in November 2012.
— 3 days ago

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Early Mountain

Rise Merlot Blend 2017

2017 new release sample riper than the 2015 — a day ago

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Albarino 2019

Apple, lemon, peach, blood orange and lemongrass. Electric acidity and good minerality. — 3 days ago

Jake Busching Wines

F8 Tannat-Petit Verdot Blend 2015

The nose is tobacco & cherry laden. The palate opens with juicy notes of blackberry and cassis, and melts into a finish that “leaves its mark”. The varietals in the F8, at first look, would seem to make a wine that rips ones gums free from their teeth. The brilliance of this wine though is the (somehow) thoroughly plush and even delicate mouthfeel it supplies. Given time to breathe, this is one of the most definitive examples of the saying “shaking hands with a giant wearing mittens” that I’ve come across. — 19 days ago

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Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu'ile Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Slightly funky nose at first and then shifts to more classic Chard aromas. The acidity is backward at first and then it opens up and gets more tension to go along the nice roundness and freshness, pretty good balance and nice wine without being great. 88-89

Nez un peu bizarre à l’ouverture mais cela s’estompe sur des arômes classiques de Chardo. La tension est un peu en retrait au départ mais avec de l’air l’acidité se montre plus présente pour en faire un bel ensemble, ouvert, assez rond et frais, rien d’exceptionnel mais très bien.
— 9 days ago

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Jefferson Vineyards

Monticello Estate Reserve Red Blend 2017

This is a beautiful build - just CF & PV (as is tradition). But what is challenging ultimately is how to pair this near perfectly clean/precise gem. 1 more bottle to review in 5yrs. — 20 hours ago


Estate Reserve Josie's Knoll Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017

Again, brilliant! Far more Chinon/Old World than 99.5% of the CF in the Mid Atlantic. While bit more body than the ‘16, but day 2 & 3 showed how much potential this has in the cellar :) — 16 days ago

Early Mountain

Eluvium Red Blend 2016

Russ W

Rich ripe and extracted. Also smack you in the mouth tannin and acid. Really? Virginia? 👍👍👍 — 19 days ago

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Joe Carroll

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Early Mountain is one of a small group of producers killing it in Virginia
Ron from VA

Ron from VA

Hi Joe, glad ur finding some VA terroir tasty....I have 40+ others that will join your recommendations list ;) Let me know if you need a list!