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Beer Review: The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

lost abbey 10 commandments

10 Commandments Producer: The Lost Abbey; San Marcos, CA Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Price Range: $12-16 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 10% Appearance: Brownish-black with a healthy, creamy head Aroma: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, honey, raisins, cranberry, rosemary Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours an opaque, mostly black with a healthy creamy beige head. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly sour, and notes of sour fruit come through. I get hints of cranberry, but the raisin is also present, along with the sweetness of honey and savory aroma of rosemary. The first sip is quite sour, with lots of raisin and dark fruit coming through. Notes of fig, cranberry, and blackberry come through early while the honey sweetens the middle, leaving a spicy rosemary finish. The mouthfeel is silky smooth in the beginning of the sip and it leaves the palate coated with a sourness in the ...

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Valley of the Moon Winery; A revitalized Sonoma hot spot (AmericanWineryGuide)

Valley of the Moon 2014

Last year, the wife and I made our rounds throughout Sonoma and Napa. The week leading up to our trip, we met at a local wine store in Northern Virginia, Dan Zepponi who is the Proprietor of Valley of the Moon. Dan and I had a conversation about the new life that he plans on breathing into Valley of the Moon, so we had to make it a point to visit while in the valley. I put together a piece late last year on AmericanWineryGuide covering our trip to the winery. Enjoy! The STORY “We decided to venture out to Valley of the Moon after visiting Ram’s Gate and Buena Vista. Historically speaking, Valley of the Moon has winemaking roots that stem from the mid-1800s (1863 to be exact) when George Whitman planted the initial 60 acres of vines and began producing close to 50,000 gallons of wine and 2,000 ...

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Quick Pour: Rams Gate Pinot Noir Bush Crispo Vineyard 2012

Ram's Gate Bush Crispo Pinot Noir 2012

Producer: Ram’s Gate Winery Region: Russian River Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $70 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir ABV: 14.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous aromatics layered with hints of cinnamon, rich black fruit, tobacco and light baking spice (nutmeg) accentuate this wine as super fine tannins, well integrated dry tobacco, smoke, oak, mixed red and dark berry and hints of nutty butterscotch linger well behind coating the palate all the way to the back.  Medium to full bodied, with plenty of depth and complexities, finishing with a lengthy, edgy,  and warming finish. This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so for at least a couple of more years.   Producer: Ram's Gate Winery Region: Russian River Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $70 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir ABV: 14.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous aromatics layered with hints of cinnamon, rich black fruit, tobacco and ...

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars 2014 VX2 White Blend

Rappahannock Cellars VX2 (2014)

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh flowers and a nod of tropical fruit towards the back as it finishes clean and fresh. An amazing blend that is both very fruit forward and surprisingly near bone-dry. Pairs perfectly with fresh pan seared lemon & pepper seasoned cod, served over couscous, with sauteed Brussels sprouts.   Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach,… Quick ...

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Quick Pour: Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011

Talamonti 'Tre Saggi' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

Producer: Talamonti Wines Region: Tavo Valley, Abruzzi, Italy (D.O.C.) Price: $14 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Montepulciano ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromatics of chocolate, spice and dark fruit carry into the palate. This wine shows off its gentle, rich and oak driven flavor profile with dark chocolate meshing with light baking spice, hints of leather and blackberry driving deep into a lengthy, toasty finish. Producer: Talamonti Wines Region: Tavo Valley, Abruzzi, Italy (D.O.C.) Price: $14 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Montepulciano ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromatics of chocolate, spice and dark fruit carry into the palate. This wine shows off its gentle, rich and oak driven flavor profile with dark chocolate meshing with light baking… Quick Pour: Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 Quick Pour: Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 2015-04-08 Virginia Pour House Virginia Pour House Rating Rating - 91 91 91 Score User Rating: Be the first one ! ...

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