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

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.

Sunset Hills Sunset Red 10 & 11 Sunset Hills Sunset Red 10 & 11

 

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 and concentrate dark fruit waft on the nose, rolling out the red carpet (no pun intended) while blueberry and toffee notes gently press upon the palate, capping it off with smooth tannins, and velvety smooth finish with subtle juicy fruit lingering behind.

Sunset Hills Sunset Red 10 & 11 Sunset Hills Sunset Red 10 & 11

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…

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Sunset Hills Sunset Red 2011 - 80
Sunset Hills Sunset Red 2010 - 87

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