90+ Ratings

Quick Pour: B-Side Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Blend 2010

When it comes to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or blends sourced using much of the same Cab grapes, the wines generally carry a pretty hefty price tag that often post price tags for over $50. If you are to stumble upon a producer that produces similar or competitive quality, that actually captures the quality and essence of the Valley and provides an affordable price tag, well then you’ve hit the lottery.  After reading through Wine Enthusiast’s 30 Cabs under $30 last April, I started hitting my local wine shops in search of a couple of these Cabs to not only see for myself if these producers can offer that Napa Valley charm at the right price, but also to recognize some new and upcoming talent in the wine-making world.  Being a music enthusiast and former DJ, the B-Side brand immediately stood out as a ‘must have, must find’ bottle of …

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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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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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Quick Pour: Ingleside Vineyards Petit Verdot Reserve 2007

Producer: Ingleside Vineyards Region: Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA Price: $32.95 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: 100% Petit Verdot Notes: This wine was aged entirely in French oak for 30 months. Virginia Pour House Notes: Complex, balanced, and full bodied, this Petit Verdot shows an abundance of ripe blackberry, cassis, and black plum, with notes of violet, vanilla, and spice box that are wrapped tightly with firm, polished tannins. Velvety and rich on the palate with a lingering finish leaving behind scintillating notes of spice and toasty oak. Very approachable now, and will drink well over the next decade. Excellent wine to pair with hearty meat or an aged sharp cheese. VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 92 Points

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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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Chester Gap Cellars; Some of Summer’s Best

I’ve written about Chester Gap Cellars a couple times before. The Viognier, specifically the Reserve, is to die for. While I was out and about on the trails picking up wine for my 4th of July trip to Rhode Island, I was craving some great whites to drink while at the beach or on the boat. My good friend back home, Chris, shot me a couple hundred dollars to pick up some Virginia Wine for him. This reminded me of Maxim Magazine’s celebrity challenge where they give a celebrity $848 to see how they would spend it. The first place that I went to was Boxwood Winery, where I scooped up a bottle of the 2010 Topiary for my collection and a bottle of the 2011 Rose for the trip. The next stop was Chester Gap Cellars. After a recent visit to Paradise Springs, Chris was ranting about the Petit …

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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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