Virginia, Usa

Early Mountain

Novum Red Blend 2015

Exquisite polish and presence, the 43% Merlot is like the fresh baked artisan bread that hold together a 34% CF & 20 tannat blue/black fruit panini. Seasoned just right, this is equally matched for appetizer/charcuterie or a medium weight protein entre (perhaps with Mediterranean flair and seasoning). — 3 days ago

Early Mountain

Petit Manseng 2016

2016 tasted 1/2019. Rich golden yellow. Beautiful floral and honeyed yellow apple aromas. Full bodied with palate of ripe apple and a nice thread of acidity. Very pleasant. Virginia should be growing less Viognier and more petit manseng. — 16 days ago

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Ron from VA

Ron from VA

Ryan, accurate as usual :) The PM is really challenging in the cellar (dealing with high brix vs soaring alcohol) - hard to make the same wine vintage to vintage. Linden/GlenManor make exquisite dessert builds, BTW. I opened a 2008 from Jim that was perfection. Dry or almost dry styles are becoming the new bullseye for winemakers. Michael Shaps 2016 offering is great example! Personally, I am ok with 3-5% RS when the acidity is rocking - love it with Thai & Indian cuisine :) One can hardly tell because of the balance!
Ryan Gunter

Ryan Gunter

Ron, Good to know on the cellar piece. I didn’t know it was difficult to work with. I was just floored by the quality of this one. It was the star of the dinner party as well. Everybody loved it. I agree about the residual sugar in principle although I do tend to gravitate towards drier whites. Thanks for the tips for future bottles. I have a bottle of Linden late harvest PM btw. I don’t remember the vintage off the top of my head but I tasted it at the vineyard. It was exquisite indeed.

The Barns at Hamilton Station

Meritage 2015

Deep purple, dark and rich. I’m a fan of the blackberry and coffee notes. On the fruitier side, bright acidity and tanniny. — a day ago

Jake Busching Wines

The Orphanage Orphan no. 1 Pinot Gris 2015

We had it with some wonderful Cuban food. I believe it to be the cure for Communism. — 2 hours ago

Beth Zitzman
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Old House Vineyards

Petit Verdot

Second time having this beautiful red... just had to buy another bottle before leaving the winery last weekend! — 14 days ago

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Glen Manor Vineyards

Hodder Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Dark fruit, iron, dill and licorice. — 9 days ago

Ron from VA

Ron from VA

Hi Charlie! Can you shed a little light on what this was missing or how it can up short for you....curious if you had it with a good food pairing? Thanks for posting/sharing....trying to chart/learning VA vintages and their development curve :)
Charlie Tapp

Charlie Tapp

@Ron from VA Hi Ron — the wine was well made by VA standards, and had plenty of good years left. Nice flavor profile, with secondary and tertiary notes coming in. Ultimately, VA is a tough place to produce— heavy rains make for high maintenance grapes. I would have preferred better balance, texture and a longer finish. It improved with decanting over a couple of hours. Compare with a 2010 RdV Lost Mountain. To be clear, high 80s from VA is respectable in my book; the quality to price ratio is hard to justify in many cases. For the same price, I’d drink Heitz Napa Valley cab every day of the week.

Virginia's Heritage

Virginia Merlot Blend 2019

Very smooth wine. Combination of several red grapes from various Virginia wineries. Drank one bottle with pan-seared duck and mushroom risotto. Aging another for 15th anniversary. Wine is 2019. — 11 days ago

Chateau O'Brien

Cellar Collection Northpoint Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010

Ruby+, ripe berries, woodsy, hard to believe it’s a cab franc — 3 days ago

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Barboursville Vineyards

Reserve Merlot 2014

Too soon, so I reckon. Ought to have kept my trap shut, my hands to themselves, lest they get to the devils work of openin bottles too soon — 14 days ago

Gabriele Rausse

Dry Rosé 2017

Very good, dry, slight effervescence. — 4 days ago