Loudoun County, Northern Region

North Gate Vineyard

Cabernet Franc 2015

What a consistent build Mark has fashioned with his CF. His delicate approach creates a very aromatic and feminine style – beautiful on the nose and lively on the palate. Wonderful acidity and juicy mouth becomes very poetic and sensual with you lighter fare. — 14 days ago

Barrel Oak Winery

Reserve Cabernet Franc

Barrel oak winery
Delaplane, VA
— a month ago

Stone Tower Winery

Wild Boar Brut Rosé

Super dense and viscous, this French-sourced Pinot driven sparkler is cheerful and functional. No argument as it is priced nicely at around $50 — 3 months ago

Hillsborough Vineyards

Ruby Red Blend 2013

Great blend of Tannat and Petit Verdot. Nice balance with a long finish and a touch of spice on the way out. — 3 months ago

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Fabbioli Cellars

Cabernet Franc

A decent cab franc. Not sure I'd get again. — 7 days ago

Delaplane Cellars

Reserve Williams Gap Red Blend 2014

12 was a classic year - not too hot, not very wet. A good year for acid! So, the Franc leads with 41% followed closely by CS at 35%. This creates a very unique profile that is often not employed by Virginia wine makers – a dance of two cabs. We took this bottle to a restaurant for steak (aged New York strip) with a nice char. Indeed, spice edge from the franc and the tannin from the Sauv made for a powerful cleansing combo!! While food functional, I only give this a 9.1 because it lacked elegance in the mid-palate flavor profile. Of course I should have expected that from a classic vintage where the sugars weren’t elevated – creating an extra rich core. One bottle remains. — a month ago

Pearmund Cellars

Meriwether Vineyard Old Vine Chardonnay 2013

A good Chardonnay. Nose of oak, vanilla, and butterscotch. Definitely oak/butterscotch taste, but also zesty citrus like lime to balance it out. Very unique. — 3 months ago

RdV Vineyards

Lost Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Great bouquet of dark fruit and something faint approaching damask rose. Then oak and leather. Grippy tannins loosen after a rest. Nice stuff. Might be a bit young. — 17 days ago

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Barrel Oak Winery

Chocolate Lab Red Blend

Barrel oak winery
Delaplane, VA
— a month ago

Fabbioli Cellars

Loudoun County Zinfandel 2014

Decent for a VA zin — 2 months ago

Brian Franke

Brian Franke

@Ron from VA oh well that’s embarrassing! Sorry I thought you were someone I knew that is big in the VA wine scene. That being said, I’d be happy to reach out to Chris and Lizzy about playing there. Do you know their email(s)? Thanks so much, and sorry for the misunderstanding.
Ron from VA

Ron from VA

Ahh, no worries bro! Hope we can meet sometime and enjoy some stories and top-shelf wine :) Here is the site: http://www.mountfair.com & chris@mountfair.com I have know these folks since 2014 - they embodied much of what you love about Cville!
Brian Franke

Brian Franke

@Ron from VA sorry for the delay, haven’t checked in on here lately. Thanks for the contact, I will reach out! Prepping for Florence here. Hopefully the wineries have harvested all their grapes!