Southwest Region, Virginia

King Family Vineyards

Monticello Petit Verdot 2010

Fee-nominal…the winner (so far) of the 2010’s PV challenge. At 11.5 years from harvest, this beauty from Matthieu Finot sang like a concentrated Right Bank medoc…layers of dark berries, violet & herbs with smoky matting. Still proving enough tannic punch to cut through house grilled cheeseburgers and squash. Bold yet balance. Thank you Ellen for this wonderful gift :) — 2 days ago

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 :-) — 2 months ago

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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 ;) — 2 months ago

Veritas Vineyard

Monticello Petit Verdot 2017

Great bouquet- will try again. — 2 days 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 — 2 months ago

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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. — 3 months ago

Severn, Andrew and 10 others liked this

New Kent Winery

White Merlot 2019

Consistent favorite, nothing else quite tastes like this. — 19 days ago

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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. — 2 months ago

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 — 3 months ago

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