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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars 2014 VX2 White Blend

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, fresh …

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Rappahannock Cellars; A celebration of great wine, an a new addition (AmericanWineryGuide)

A couple of weeks ago, Rappahannock Cellars opened up their newest addition to the winery – their Barrel Room! During our visit we were also able to taste the super limited, club only 2013 Viognier, and let me tell you, it is a treat to be had! As a follow up to that experience, I think it was timed appropriately to share with you all, my readers, the last Rappahannock Cellars review that I contributed to AmericanWineryGuide. This review is very in-depth and provides insight on just how this powerhouse Virginia winery got its start. Be sure to check out photos from the mid-Summer opening of the new Barrel Room (hint hint: that is now booking events and weddings!), as well as some of my photos from past visits. Enjoy! The HISTORY “The Delmare family moved from California in the late 1990s with the hope of raising their family in …

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Chardonnay 2012

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.   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 …

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Rosé‎ (Second Release) 2012

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $21.50 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Rosé‎ (Second Release) with a blend of 49.5% Cabernet Franc, 27.5% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia Pour House Notes:  The winemaker’s gift of a little more time in fermentation gives this Rose the ability to shed some of that stereotypical fruit forward strawberry character and dry out a bit to add a  more tannin and zest with subtle aromas of strawberry and fresh cut wood. The palate is caressed with smooth balanced strawberry, watermelon, and a touch of spice. The effervescent and tingly finish show more tannin structure and proves to be drier than the earlier release providing better balance overall.   Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $21.50 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Rosé‎ (Second Release) with a blend of 49.5% Cabernet Franc, 27.5% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia Pour House Notes:  The winemaker's gift of a little more time in fermentation gives this Rose the ability …

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Rappahannock Cellars; Recent visit(s) and Anniversary Celebration!

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 …

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve 2010

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia Price: $36.50 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 90% Cabernet Franc; 10% Merlot Winemaker Notes: Intense purity and volume of fruit. Loads of fruit on the nose with an abundance of varietal character. Rich, round, and extracted on the palate with a slight sweetness of fruit. Decant first. Virginia Pour House Notes:  A plethora of dark ripe fruit with a hint of oak and spice mingle on the nose with round and concentrated flavors on the palate of smooth dark fruit (black cherry and plum) and assorted berry notes. A faint touch of sweetness jazz up the back of the palate while spice and supple tannins provide  a deep warm lengthy finish leaving behind layer after layer of ripe dark fruits. An excellent drink now wine, that may stand strong for a couple more years. Virginia Pour House Rating 90 Points

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Rappahannock Cellars; One of NoVA’s best wineries hands down

I’ve visited many vineyards and have grown to appreciate wines of all characteristics. The one winery that I have not changed my opinion on has been Rappahannock Cellars. What I mean by that is: from my early love of sweet wines to the dryer Bourdeaux style blends, there literally is a wine for everyone at this place. When I began my tour of Virginia’s Wine Country, Rappahannock was an early stop and a no brainer.  Month after month, winemaker Jason Burrus, keeps delivering top notch wines to wow your palate. A little background on the family that has pioneered this great vineyard — The Delmare’s. The family of 14 had originally dug their roots in by the Santa Cruz Mountains, in the form of the old Saratoga Vineyards, now known as the Savannah Channel Vineyards. Over twenty years have passed and the Delmare’s goal was to raise their family in …

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Quick Pour: 2009 Rappahannock Cellars Meritage

One of my favorite wineries in Norther Virginia is Rappahannock Cellars.This particular wine is beyond words, one of the absolutely BEST Meritage blends that I have had in all of Virginia. Doubt my palate and judgement? Slap yourself until you try it. No really, do yourself the pleasure of visiting this vineyard, and specifically ask for a glass of the Meritage. The nose to this wine has an oak, spice, and strong coffee waft of…ummm…LOVE. That’s the best I can do for you at this moment.  The palate is caressed with a subtle plethora of floral notes mixed with roasted coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of oak . The finish is a perfect balance of tannins and oak that lingers to provide you with the most unique tranquil feeling that could possibly bless your taste buds. At $30 per bottle, you may hesitate. DON’T!   One of my favorite …

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Good Luck Cellars; Revisiting a Northern Neck Gem

This past year, my in-laws purchased a new home on the middle peninsula of Virginia, and it’s location is a mere 20 minute car ride across the Rappahannock to Good Luck Cellars. After exploring Irvington a bit, we decided to take a short drive to Good Luck Cellars as it has been a couple years since my last visit. Located in nearby Kilmarnock, Virginia, Paul and Katie Krop’s Good Luck Cellars is a venture that started from backyard wine making to finding the perfect parcel to grow a business. Sand and gravel based vineyards allow this couple to cultivate great wines with Virginia flare that really shows off the terroir of the area. With outstanding white offerings and a couple red surprises, their winery is a must visit when visiting the Northern Neck of Virginia. All of their wines are crafted from Estate grown grapes that are grown on 23 acres of …

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Vertical Tasting: A Rappahannock Meritage Vertical Event

It’s really no surprise that one of my favorite Virginia wines out there is Rappahannock Cellars Meritage. Year after year, this bold blend created in old-world Bordeaux style continues to impress people with its plethora of layers and firm tannin structure — even the lackluster 2011 vintage that most of Virginia struggled with. After discussing with Allan Delmare about having a small gathering for a vertical tasting, we nailed down a date and invited a few people over to the Pour House to rate our favorite vintages starting with the 2007 and ending with the 2012 barrel sample. Myself, Allan, Allan’s girlfriend Lauren, my fiancé Jaymie, and wine consultant extraordinaire Bryan Toy of Dionysos Consulting Group each tasted the vintages and discussed our critiques. The results were consistent among the five of us, and, now without further delay, here are the results in order of favorite to least favorite, as …

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