Virginia, Usa

Ankida Ridge

Pinot Noir 2011

It has been about 5 yrs since opening my first ‘11 vintage. It had been so long that I had even forgotten, but glad I had my notes in Delectable. So, I was pleasantly surprised at the acidity and tannic verve that lept out of the glass. At 7 yrs old, this fella is still young! The downside here is that it lacks the classic Pinot-profile. On the palate, dark fruit in a linear, narrow band provided good cleansing power but not a lot of romantic vibe. Drink remaining bottles thru 2023 — 13 days ago

Delaplane Cellars

Benevino Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014

Fantastic and well balanced. Nose of cherries and blackberries with some baking spices. Almost a meaty taste on the palate to pair with those fruit and spice flavors too. Medium to full bodied. — 24 days ago

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Blenheim Vineyards

Painted Red Cabernet Franc Blend 2016

Revisiting this easy VA red while watching the Capitals raise the Stanley Cup banner. — 12 days ago

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Saude Creek Vineyards

Pamunkey Fall Chardonnay Chardonel 2015

Great white blend. Sweet without being too sweet. Was great with tuna casserole — 7 days ago

Starr Hill Brewery

Northern Lights IPA

Not too hoppy and not too much malt. Very nice! — 9 days ago

Barboursville Vineyards

Octagon Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

A fantastic red for special occasions, am trying to save a flight of 5-6 different vintages. The best vineyard in Virginia for sure — 6 days ago

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Ron from VA

SS: great idea to save for a vertical or for a comparison flight. The land in orange is definitely good and likely to Top25, but it is a stretch to say it’s the primero terroir. Certainly is a fit for many varietals in their wheelhouse. Barbera and Fiano is great example of matching soil to seed. Finally, I would grab a couple more ‘14 while easily available. ‘15s will be highly decorated too. Cheers!

Barboursville Vineyards

Reserve Virginia Cabernet Franc

Currants, berries and pepper. Tannins very soft. Good but somewhat underwhelming. — 13 days ago

Barboursville Vineyards

Reserve Sangiovese 2015

So 2015 presented above average growing conditions… So, this should be a pretty complete expression of this varietal. I am impressed with the taste of maturity from this terroir and old vines. Where I hold back in complete jubilation is this wind focus on savoriness. It had balance yet lacked that little pop of fruit “color”... sort of a sepia tint to the profile. I have more in the cellar and we will see how it develops. If I need a rustic wine, this is where I will go for Luca’s offering. — 13 days ago

The Winery at Bull Run

Virginia Merlot

I love the smokiness to the wine. Perfect for cooler weather. — 10 days ago