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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.   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 …

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Quick Pour: Sunset Hills Winery Petit Verdot 2011

Producer: Sunset Hills Winery Region: Middleburg AVA, Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: N/A; Club Only Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 90% Petit Verdot. 10% Merlot Winemaker Notes: In many ways, Petit Verdot was a savior of the 2011 red harvest.  While the heavy rains of the season made it difficult for most reds to ripen as fully as we’d prefer, Petit Verdot, which is naturally quick to ripen very fully, made it through the rains with style.  Additionally, with its small, tough berries and heavy pigment, what was not used in this varietal blend became a very important blending piece for our other 2011 red wines.  The best Petit Verdot of the season, however, was saved for this blend.  We don’t always make a varietal Petit Verdot, but when the quality is high enough, and when the wine is interesting enough, we’re excited to bottle it.  The 2011 is no exception to the characteristics we’re coming …

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Quick Pour: Sunset Hills Viognier; A Verticle Tasting of 2010 & 2011

As my collection at home grows, a bit too quickly I may add, so does my spread of vintages for specific favorite wines/wineries of mine. One of which recently, I decided to break open, was Sunset Hills Viognier from the 2010 and 2011 vintages. To be honest, these two vintages couldn’t be more different. Both have a small percentage of Petit Manseng blended (around 4%) that give both vintages a heavier body, structure, and balanced acidity. So how different are these two? And which of the two showed better? 2010 Sunset Hills Viognier ($N/A) – Golden straw yellow color; Notes of oak, wafting floral notes, dried apricot, and light lemon aromas lead into more dominant flavors of dried apricot and lemon across the palate. I was surprised at the heavier than normal mouth-feel, (which can be attributed to the Petit Manseng, I’m sure) that’s almost creamy in structure that offered …

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Sunset Hills Vineyards; “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

The title…yea another Bottle Shock quote, hold your sarcastic comments on the tip of your tongue please! As for the topic of discussion we have tucked away in the hills of Purcellville, operating solely from solar power, is Sunset Hills Vineyards. The winery is an old farm with a newly restored barn utilizing all original pieces from the original barn from the 1870s, and precisely restored by an Amish team of workers a few years back. As you pull up the gravel road, you’re greeted by a small cottage to the right overlooking the man-made pond, with the vineyard fields to your left and right, and eventually pulling into the parking lot. As you park you will notice the trail up to the main barn, to your left a small storage shed with covered stone pavilion in its shadows, that holds outdoor tastings and entertainment through the summer months, and …

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Hillsborough Vineyards; A spectacular view from atop Route 9

A brand new review of Hillsborough Vineyards on AmericanWineryGuide that I just finished up! Here is a quick sneak peak and the link to the full article below! “Founded by Zeynep and Bora Baki and their two boys, Hillsborough was a hobby that became a winery when Bora decided to retire to the tranquil hills of Loudoun Valley after 23 years as a successful entrepreneur. Hillsborough consists of 13 acres of vines divided over three plots of land. Planted varieties include: Petit Verdot, Tannat, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the French variety Fer Servadou; Hillsborough is one of the only vineyards in Virginia to grow this grape. Over thirty-six aces make up Hillsboroughs property and surround the tasting room where visitors will enjoy the pictureque view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and one of the best views of the Northern Virginia countryside. Pulling off Route 9, a winding driveway leads …

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2014 Virginia Wine Blogger Petit Verdot Blind Tasting at Casanel Vineyards

Since my first Blind Tasting years back, I have developed a love for this unbiased format of tasting your way through multiple varieties of the same wine from various producers. Blind tastings really provide tasters the ability to try wine without judging based on producer, price, or reputation because, well, it’s blind. My goal is to assemble groups of fellow bloggers, industry folks, and wine enthusiasts to take part in multiple blind tasting events to assist in unbiasedly pointing out some of Virginia’s standouts. During certain blind tastings, we may toss a couple of wild cards in there from other viticultural areas outside of Virginia to see where Virginia stands blindly against other producers throughout the world. One of the first events we held this year  was this blind Petit Verdot tasting, which was graciously hosted by Katie and the wonderful folks at Casanel Vineyards in Leesburg, Virginia. We originally …

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2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup Award Winners

February 27, 2014 Office of the Governor Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Contact: Annette Boyd Phone: (804) 402-1896 Email: Annette.Boyd@Virginiawine.org   Adagio Joins 11 Other Fine Virginia Wines from 9 Wineries to Comprise Governor’s Cup      Secretary Haymore Awarded Wine Person of the Year by the VWA  RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the 2014 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio, a blended red wine. The Governor’s Cup was awarded February 27 at the VWA’s Governor’s Cup Gala at the John Marshall Hotel. Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to award the Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery, one of Virginia’s oldest and most prolific wineries. It is no secret the Commonwealth’s wine industry has experienced tremendous growth both in quantity and quality in recent years. Such growth has an enormous impact on Virginia in terms of …

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2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winners; Barboursville Vineyards And…

Fresh off the press, the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winner is Barboursville Vineyards for their 2009 Octagon 12th Edition! Congratulations to Luca Paschina, the Zonin Family, and the entire staff at Barboursville for not only winning the Governor’s Cup but for being the first vineyard in Virginia to win the cup four times. Also, a big congratulations goes out to the other 11 Vineyards for earning a spot in the Governor’s Case in no particular order: Cooper Vineyards – 2010 Petite Verdot Reserve King Family Vineyards – 2010 Meritage Lovingston Winery – 2009 Josie’s Knoll Estate Reserve (Meritage) Philip Carter Winery – 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot, Tannat) Pollak Vineyards – 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery – 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petite Verdot) Rappahannock Cellars – 2010 Meritage RdV Vineyards – 2010 Rendevous (Meritage) RdV Vineyards – 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage) …

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Middleburg AVA Approved; AVA all Boxed in

A huge congratulations to Rachel Martin, EVP of Boxwood Winery in Middleburg for her tireless effort in getting the Middleburg AVA approved. Below is the press release from Boxwood regarding the approval of the AVA.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALL MEDIA OUTLETS Contact: Rachel Martin Telephone:  540-687-8778 x1 Email: contact@boxwoodwinery.com MIDDLEBURG VIRGINIA AVA APPROVED   Middleburg Virginia AVA is the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) designated by the  U.S. Treasury Department today in the Federal Registry.   An AVA is a grape-growing region that is defined by its geographic features which affect the type and style of the wine it produces.  Wineries in the area can identify themselves as being in the AVA if their wines are made from a minimum of 85% of grapes grown in the area. Wines can be designated as “Estate Bottled” if the grapes are grown on the winery’s estate. There are currently 198 AVAs in …

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JDRF Silent Auction Winners; Virginia Wine Basket

I just wanted to take the time to recognize and thank the following people for their donations toward our Juvenile Diabetes silent auction fundraiser:  Ingleside Plantation Vineyards and Winery, Keswick Vineyards, Gadino Cellars, Rappahannock Cellars, Sunset Hills Vineyards, Zephaniah Farm Vineyards, Delaplane Cellars, Jessica Phillips, and the entire National LECET staff. The organization was able to raise close to ten thousand dollars towards the JDRF charity and I couldn’t be more pleased with the donations and help from our local vineyards. I want to also congratulate the winners of the silent auction: Stephanie Williams and Walter Jones. The first prize that won, during the charity luncheon, was an Ingleside Plantation Vineyards and Winery VIP Tasting and Tour for six people, which Stephanie ended up taking home. The second prize was a ‘Picnic in the Country’ wine themed basket sponsored by National LECET and Virginia Pour House. The basket included the following: …

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