Do any of you recall the Governor’s Case winners from last year? It should come as no shock that a bottle of Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Meritage was included in there. What should come as a shock is why there were not more Rappahannock Cellars wines included. Visit after visit, release after release, Rappahannock continues to separate themselves from the rest of the pack of great wine producers in the State of Virginia. With well over 1,000 Wine Club Members, a newly renovated Members section, and glorious perks of being a Member, I think it’s time to ask yourself a question. If you aren’t a Member of Rappahannock Cellars, what is wrong with you? This weekend marks the 12th Anniversary of Rappahannock Cellars and the celebration consists of live musical performances by Marie Miller and Pigs from a Gun on Saturday and Sunday, as well as catered food by Jack Knuckle Gourmet for purchase. So, if there are no weekend plans penned onto the calendar at the moment, you should have plans now! Now, that being said, I’m no stranger to Rappahannock in any way, shape or form. I’m there probably at least once a month, and with that said, I have plenty of new release notes I’d like to share with you all. If my antics and/or my tasting notes don’t sway you, a tasting at the winery absolutely will.
- 2012 Rose ($21.50): Strawberry and a kiss of watermelon hit the nose, while the strawberry flavors run rampant on the palate starting semi-sweet, but finishing dry with little dabs of pepper on the finish.
- 2012 Viognier ($26): Ripe peach and apricot mingle with light floral notes, while honeyed apricot, honeysuckle, and citrus undertones massage the palate, finishing crisp, clean, and fresh.
- 2012 Chardonnay-Viognier ($22.50): My palate changes (as do bottles of wines), so even though I’m doing an article on this wine, my notes may vary with the Quick Pour review as we tend to do those blind. That being said the nose is full of pear, honeysuckle, and a touch of toasty vanilla, while the crisp acidity balances well with the creamy texture and emphasizes the lengthy citrus laced finish with just a kiss of peach – AMAZING wine!
- 2011 Noblesse Rouge ($23.50): Nutty and toasty with hints of vanilla, smooth and supple on the palate, adding lush dark fruit and subtle tannins, finishing with velvety mouth feel and lingering well after.
- 2011 Cabernet Franc ($26.50): Spice box and dried berries greet the nose, while cherry and dark fruit proceed wrapped in supple tannins and a smooth finish.
- 2011 Petit Verdot ($26.75): Blackberry and spice outlined with toasty oak notes provide an aromatic back drop for some spice, cassis, and blackberry integration that finishes with tangy tannins and bold flavors.
- 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($28): A drink now red filling the nose with herbs and dark fruit, while showing the barrel aging qualities of oak and vanilla that encase the dark fruit on its way to a smooth lingering dry finish.
- 2011 Meritage ($30): Leather, licorice, and some hints of dark fruit in an aromatic presentation that makes way for some candied berry, plum, and cherry, finishing round with a little “umph” sprinkling some mocha and clove for good measure.
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