Northern Region, Virginia

Gadino Cellars

Antiche Viti Reserva Cabernet Franc 2019

First take: it’s a bit muddled and flabby….lacking crisp structure. It is young so I will test on day two. Day 2.5: impressively, air has brought this one to life! Clarity and articulation are now present. The character profile is still medium+ weighted fresh red/black cherry with a delicate green herby frame. What improved - the focus and clarity of the acidity. It broadened, thus mouthfeel improved. — 18 days ago

Horton Vineyards

Orange County Norton 2017

ESF
9.0

Lovely example of the variety, not as wild & savage as some VA Norton, yet still plenty of flavor w/an elegant presentation. Great stuffing, balance & style. — a month ago

Severn, Andrew and 10 others liked this

Linden

Hardscrabble Chardonnay 2016

Linden never disappoints — 2 months ago

Tom, Neil and 5 others liked this

Chatham Vineyards

Church Creek Steel Chardonnay 2020

So fruity almost tastes like an SB! — a month ago

Pearmund Cellars

Toll Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot 2016

ESF
9.1

Impressive stuff - varietal PV w/inky opaque color, effusive nose of all manner of black fruit, cassis w/strong herbaceous notes along w/tobacco & mocha. Full bodied, lush viscous on palate, super ripe juicy blackberry & boysenberry, cassis, mineraly-iron streak, very interesting. Believe this has many more years ahead. Quite polished & cohesive — a month ago

Severn, Bob and 6 others liked this

Jefferson Vineyards

Meritage Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

One of finest vintage yrs for this estate, as evidenced by the OPULENTLY RICH PV component. Jeffersons terroir and taste of place are evident in this bottle… Think somewhere in between Paso Robles Cab and Rhône GSM. - very unique finish. Delish and a real value! $28 at Wegs — a month ago

Eddie, Brent and 8 others liked this

White Hall Vineyards

Chardonnay 2014

ESF
8.9

More VA wine: Love finding some older vintages that have fattened up: sparkling gold color w/lemon cream nose, white flowers, coconut & butterscotch. Decadent nose, oily & viscous on palate, yet clean vibrant, fairly balanced w/some tropical fruit and golden apple & more lemon. Decent length on finish. — 2 months ago

Tom, Severn and 12 others liked this

Barboursville Vineyards

Octagon Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

My first Virginia red did not disappoint! Full bodied, soft tannins- sooo smooth and delicious. Merlot + Cab Franc + Petit Verdot….all my favorite things :-) — a month ago

Ericsson, Brooke and 4 others liked this

North Gate Vineyard

Petit Verdot 2010

Note: this rating is for this vintage when in its prime (secondary development)… as I pull this from the cellar it is clearly in 25% decline from tertiary development.  as I have come to learn, very hot, high sugar vintages do not work long-term for 100% PV bottlings. There simply is not enough tannin and acid to contend with the higher alcohol/sugars for long term aging - so 2010’s are out of runway at about 8ish years. I pushed this one to 11… But that is the purpose of my experimentation in East Coast wine aging. So what did it taste like: Mulberries and leather with sweet prune finish - quite similar to an UNFORTIFIED PORT. served admiral Voy with our fatty brisket as a stand in for California Zinfandel. All was not lost ;) — a month ago

White Hall Vineyards

Cabernet Franc 2017

ESF
9.2

Charming CF inky w/slight ruby hue, almost immediately got perfectly ripe cherry, raspberry & rhubarb framed by white pepper, spice, some bell pepper but also rose mingled w/earthy & herbaceous notes. Just gorgeous. Palate was smooth & silky, kinda juicy w/finely grained tannins. Generous core of ripe red fruit & spices. Med bodied and flat out elegant. Great length on finish w/beguiling empty glass aromas. — 2 months ago

Tom, Adam and 12 others liked this