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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 2): Rooster Hill Estate Cabernet Franc-Lemberger 2011

Rooster Hill Estate Cabernet Franc-Lemberger 2011 Producer: Rooster Hill Vineyards Region: Keuka Lake, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Cabernet Franc / 30% Lemberger ABV: 12.4% Virginia Pour House Notes: This deep, red Cabernet Franc dominated wine shows off a typical peppery yet spice driven aroma that added dried black cherry and blackberry flavors to coat the palate. While the palate is exentuated by bone-dry, peppery tannins that drive from front to back right down the middle of the palate. Earthy nuances show up towards the mid-to-back palate finishing bone-dry with hints of leather that are intensified by the peppery backbone while showing off nice depth and complexity.   Rooster Hill Estate Cabernet Franc-Lemberger 2011 Producer: Rooster Hill Vineyards Region: Keuka Lake, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Cabernet Franc / 30% Lemberger ABV: 12.4% Virginia Pour House …

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Quick Pour: Stone Hill Winery Vignoles 2012

Producer: Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri Region: Hermann AVA, Missouri, United States Price: $11.49 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Vignoles; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Candied pineapple and fresh baked white cake aromas boom on the nose while pineapple syrup and honey-drenched tropical fruit smooth out the palate, which shows fresh acidity, nice weight, and noticeable residual sugar without overly intoxicating sweetness. Smooth, soft, and juicy. This screw top white is perfect for those scorching summer days.   Producer: Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri Region: Hermann AVA, Missouri, United States Price: $11.49 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Vignoles; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Candied pineapple and fresh baked white cake aromas boom on the nose while pineapple syrup and honey-drenched tropical fruit smooth out the palate, which shows fresh acidity, nice weight, and noticeable residual sugar without overly intoxicating sweetness. Smooth, soft, and juicy. This screw top white is perfect for those scorching summer days.   …

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Quick Pour: Heron Hill Cabernet Franc 2011

Producer: Heron Hill Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Franc; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Wafting notes of raspberry on a foundation of light spice and licorice giving way to a rich and jammy palate that is ensconced with wild berry nuances and spice and black licorice undertones. The finish is elegant with a silky, smooth texture and subdued tannins. It was a perfect pairing for our Texas Style Beef Brisket with all the fixings.   Producer: Heron Hill Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Franc; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Wafting notes of raspberry on a foundation of light spice and licorice giving way to a rich and jammy palate that is ensconced with wild berry nuances and spice and black licorice undertones. The finish is elegant with a …

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Berry Hill Vineyard; Could this be our last visit to Berry Hill?

A few weeks back, I was going through my wine cellar and noticed a bottle of Berry Hill Cabernet Franc from 2010. I remember it being palate shocking and absolutely outstanding from the nose to the finish, and it got me thinking that it has been a while since we all visited Dave at the vineyard. Coincidentally, I received a note from Kurt at WineAboutVA explaining that Dave was selling his house and vineyard so we needed to plan a final visit. Kurt put in the call to Dave and, voila, our last trip to Berry Hill Vineyards was planned. As I mentioned in last year’s visit, Dave Hilty is retired and started making wine as a hobby and for gifts until the tremendous success erupted into a full blown winery operation out of his garage. With just about 2 acres of grapes on the property, a portion of which is …

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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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Pippin Hill Farm and Winery; Gorgeous Views for a Relaxing Afternoon or Blow Out Event

This past fall offered several great opportunities to taste our way through Charlottesville, Virginia. One of the most gorgeous wineries in the area (that I have attempted to visit multiple times, but narrowly missed the opportunity due to private events) is Pippin Hill Farm Winery. Nestled at the mouth of the Blue Ridge Mountains that seem to open up at the front steps of the Farm Winery presenting gorgeous panoramic views outlined by the most gorgeous landscapes in and around Charlottesville. I honestly can not recall a day that I have stopped by the winery where there was not a wedding being set up or underway. The grounds feature hillsides lined with vines, gorgeous gardens, and impeccable landscapes surrounding the winery and events center welcoming each patron with a tranquil and scenic tasting experience. As you pull into the rotary style parking lot, cars, buses, and often limos crowd all …

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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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Berry Hill Vineyard; Virginia Cabernet Franc At It’s Best

For a while I’ve been trying to find time to schedule an appointment to Berry Hill.  My wine tasting excursions are generally spur of the moment on the weekends so it’s often difficult for me to schedule tastings. After speaking with Kurt (@WineAboutVA), Julie (@JulesVine), Erin (@AtTheLamppost), Kathy (@Virginia_Made) and Fred (@ThisIsWine) about some potential dates, we finally nailed down a solid date for our visit. Located just down the road from the Hume area wineries, Berry Hill Vineyards is family owned and operated by the Hilty family and is located near Flint Hill in Rappahannock County.  The property was originally spotted in an issue of Southern Living Magazine by David Hilty and his wife and they immediately fell in love with the home and property. The winery itself is actually encapsulated in the Hilty’s three-car garage. At this point you may be a bit put off but keep reading. …

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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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