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Quick Pour: Sunset Hills Sunset Red Blend; A Vertical of the 2010 & 2011

Sunset Hills Sunset Red 2011/10

Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyards Region: Shenandoah AVA, Middleburg AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $28 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 39% Petit Verdot, 36% Cabernet Franc,  21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, Estate Vineyard #1 , Estate Vineyard #2, Estate Vineyard #3, Maggie Malick Vineyard; (13% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Pepper, raspberry, and rose petal notes greet the nose, while juicy fruit forward flavors of strawberry, cherry, and wild berry jam across the tastebuds with very tuned down tannins (faintly present), and a short, stunted finish with very light notes of oak and floral notes craving for some last minute attention. Average.   Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyards Region: Middleburg AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $28 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 62% Cabernet Franc (Berry Hill Vineyard & Benevino Vineyard), 17% Nebbiolo (Berry Hill Vineyard), 12% Merlot (Sunset Hills Vineyard), 9% Petit Verdot (Waterford Vineyard) ; (13.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Rich chocolate notes enveloped by light tobacco notes ... Read More »

Quick Pour: Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2013

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2013

Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous, golden color glimmers in the glass, while aromas of apricot and candied apple explode on the nose. Similar characteristics carry it forward in the flavor category with crisp, clean tropical notes and a touch of minerality and sweetness up front tapering off with subtle notes of apricot coating the back palate on the off dry, crisp finish. Bright acidity balances out the sweet notes and delivers a crisp, pleasurable tasting experience that can be paired with a nice flaky fish dish or alone while you are on rocking chair outside during these relaxing spring months ahead.   Read More »

Quick Pour: 2011 A.A. Badenhorst The Curator Red Wine

The Curator 2011

Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Read More »

Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2007

Tomaioso Chianti Riserva 2007

Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Read More »

Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Chardonnay 2012

Rappahannock Cellars 2012 Chardonnay

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Chardonnay Virginia Pour House Notes: The nose boasts classy floral notes, while citrus and apple nuances mingle with smooth vanilla highlights to introduce you to the beauty that makes up the palate.  The flavors start with a soft and creamy texture bearing some toasted coconut, oak, creamy vanilla, banana and some tropical hints. This wine is perfectly balanced with enough oak to smooth out and weight the bodies profile, but not drench the palate with butter. Nice, medium bodied structure and smooth acidity. Overall, a great representation of well made Chardonnay.   Read More »