A new review on Cooper Vineyards for AmericanWineryGuide! Check out an excerpt below, with the extended tasting notes just below that, and the full photo spread on our FaceBook Page (www.facebook.com/vapourhouse)! Enjoy!
“Cooper Vineyards first opened its doors in 1999, producing a whopping 250 cases of wine. During the last fifteen years, the winery has expanded production to almost 6,000 cases and has increased its property from 36 acres to 150 acres – 15 of which are covered with vines. Approximately half of winemaker Graham Bell’s wines are produced from estate-grown grapes with the rest being produced from grapes obtained from other nearby vineyards. Cooper Vineyards relies almost exclusively on Virginia Oak wine barrels and has finalized and opened their new Gold/Platinum LEED Certified tasting room and events facility. This gorgeous facility contains a 35 foot, curved, concrete tasting bar (think classy polished concrete), wood pellet fireplace for those winter months, wall to wall windows leading out to the wrap-around, covered deck, and gorgeous views of the vineyard and pond. There is even a private events space for up to 25 people and plenty of room for weddings and other festivities on the grounds. The green facility and grounds are chic, modern, classy and breathtaking.
My first tasting of Cooper wines was approximately four years ago. I was impressed by their 2009 Petit Verdot, as well as their cult classic Noche (Norton infused Port Style Dessert Wine). After a couple of years of absence, the early fall roads led me one particular weekend from Richmond to Cooper for an amazing tasting experience. When you pull up the road, you will be greeted by vines on both sides of the paved road that brings you to the parking lot lined with solar panels. When you enter the tasting room, the aforementioned gorgeous bar is straight ahead, while the windows perfectly frame the property’s rolling hills. You will ALWAYS be greeted with a smile and friendly hello, as the staff here is very friendly and eager to walk you through their special selections. On this particular weekend, we had the pleasure of having Judy lead our Reserve Tasting for a modest $10. The Reserve Tasting gave us the opportunity to taste twelve of their wines, including five of their dessert-style wines.”
Extended Tasting Notes:
Rose 2012 ($14): Sweet on the nose almost reminiscent of red gummy bears ith dry fresh fruit punch flavors finishing off dry with a touch of strawberry and raspberry (2.75)
Cabernet Franc 2010 ($21): Cherry and currants on the nose, very aromatic, light in body with pie cherry and wild berries on the palate, subtle tannins and a lingering finish (3)
Coopertage 2009 ($23): pine and blackberry and currants on the nose, lead to light floral notes blending with faint berry and currant dropping off with a sharp acidic finish (2)
Chambourcin 2010 ($28): leather and mocha aromas give way to an earth base with dried berry carried by earthy tannins and a long oaked finish (2.5)
Raphsody ($12): honeysuckle and apricot clearly defined on the nose that mesh well with the 3% RS soft round palate with juicy peach on the palate and a sweet juicy finish (3.5)
Sweet Louisa ($12): A blend of Norton, Concord, and Merlot with 6% RS that resembles nothing short of a full blown glass of concord juice with alcohol (I hate concord so I can’t give this an unbiased point score)
Seismic Sangria ($14): A party in a bottle, this premixed sangria exhibits a lot of juicy cherry and punch flavors that add in notes of vanilla and cola towards the finish. What do you expect, it IS Sangria!
13372 Shannon Hill Rd.
Louisa, Virginia 23226