Quick Pour: Choices by Variety

Quick Pour: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: McGregor Vineyard Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (11% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Honeysuckle and citrus fruit power through on the nose while bright, crisp acidity clashes with juicy tropical fruit, citrus, and some kiwi. The tail end finishes zesty, but is balanced by a kiss of sweetness and a hint of minerality. Pair with Mexican food, fish tacos, or by itself. Producer: McGregor Vineyard Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (11% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Honeysuckle and citrus fruit power through on the nose while bright, crisp acidity clashes with juicy tropical fruit, citrus, and some kiwi. The tail end finishes zesty, but is balanced by a kiss of sweetness and a hint of minerality. Pair with Mexican food, fish tacos, or by itself. Quick Pour: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling …

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Quick Pour: Weingut Markus Huber Hugo Red 2012

Producer: Weingut Markus Huber Region: Lower Austria Price: $16 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch (Gamay); (13% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: A lively, fruit forward red blend ensconced in dark fruit (blueberry and strawberry) showing with hints of licorice throughout the palate, bearing soft tannins, and finishing with a touch of spice and juicy plum. A pleasant Friday night pizza or pasta wine that can be enjoyed to unwind. . Producer: Weingut Markus Huber Region: Lower Austria Price: $16 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch (Gamay); (13% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: A lively, fruit forward red blend ensconced in dark fruit (blueberry and strawberry) showing with hints of licorice throughout the palate, bearing soft tannins, and finishing with a touch of spice and juicy plum. A pleasant Friday night pizza or pasta wine that can be enjoyed to unwind. . Quick Pour: Weingut Markus Huber Hugo Red 2012 Quick Pour: Weingut Markus Huber Hugo …

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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: 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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Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Tre Sorelle 2011

Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petite Verdot Virginia Pour House Notes:  Blackberry and subtle notes of spring flowers mingle with light notes of spice that give way to bing cherry on the front of the palate until it collides with blackberry and currants mid palate. Zesty tannins beef up the firm backbone while peppery notes taper in on the back of the palate to finish zesty and bold.   Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petite Verdot Virginia Pour House Notes:  Blackberry and subtle notes of spring flowers mingle with light notes of spice that give way to bing cherry on the front of the palate until it collides with blackberry and currants mid palate. Zesty tannins beef up the firm backbone while peppery notes taper in on the back of the palate …

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Quick Pour: Oak Ridge Lodi Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2009

Producer: Oak Ridge Winery Region: Lodi (CA) Price: $11.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: Zinfandel Virginia Pour House Notes: Looking for a Zinfandel that isn’t overpowering in the alcohol percentage column? The Oak Ridge Lodi Ancient Vine Zin comes in around 13.95% alcohol and  packs big flavors at a great price. Plum, blackberry, raisin, spice, and a kiss of oak that will boggle your senses with this wine’s complexities.  Blackberry and plum power through the taste buds, leaving behind fluttering notes of mocha and coffee. Surprisingly soft and round, appeasing the palate with more luscious fruit than jammy notes, and showing more on the medium bodied side with smooth tannins. For a pleasant Zinfandel that is high quality and in the $10 range, I highly recommend giving the Oak Ridge Lodi a try!     Producer: Oak Ridge Winery Region: Lodi (CA) Price: $11.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: Zinfandel Virginia Pour House Notes: …

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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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Quick Pour: Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2010

Producer: Stags’ Leap Winery Region: Napa Valley, California Price: $45 (Retail) / $32 (Purchased Locally) Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Petite Sirah Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Petite Sirah is supple and expressive, filled with copious amounts of jammy blackberry, blueberry, and wild berries balanced by a touch of clove and spice on the nose. Velvety smooth flavors of concentrated blackberry with a touch of raspberry and spice, while displaying a fine warming tannin structure, while displaying a chewy, long lasting finish.       Producer: Stags' Leap Winery Region: Napa Valley, California Price: $45 (Retail) / $32 (Purchased Locally) Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Petite Sirah Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Petite Sirah is supple and expressive, filled with copious amounts of jammy blackberry, blueberry, and wild berries balanced by a touch of clove and spice on the nose. Velvety smooth flavors of concentrated blackberry with a touch of raspberry and spice, while …

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Quick Pour: Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007

Producer: Ingleside Vineyards Region: Northern Neck, George Washington AVA, Virginia Price: $24.95 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon boasts wafting aromas of spice box, currant, and well-integrated oak. The palate is smooth and round and bear delicate tannins that intensify mid-palate adding a punch of black cherry enveloped in spice with cocoa undertones on the dry, lingering finish. A real big statement in terms of Cabernet Sauvignon from Virginia, as the state really continues to prove to be a standout in the industry.   Producer: Ingleside Vineyards Region: Northern Neck, George Washington AVA, Virginia Price: $24.95 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon boasts wafting aromas of spice box, currant, and well-integrated oak. The palate is smooth and round and bear delicate tannins that intensify mid-palate adding a punch of black cherry enveloped in spice with cocoa …

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Quick Pour: Chester Gap Cellars Cuvée Manseng 2011

Producer: Chester Gap Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Viognier Winemaker Notes: “The Cuvee Manseng is a blend of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% Viognier. It has burst of pineapple aroma followed by pineapple/grapefruit on the palate. The residual sugar and acid are nicely balanced.” Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia white blend is vibrant with passion fruit, candied apricot, and a plethora of citrus fruit. Nuances of tropical fruit and spice cut through the acidity and balance out the palate leaving behind fresh, ripe tropical fruit. A true Summer sipper but will pair great with white fish over the next year or so. Drink now for optimal enjoyment.   Producer: Chester Gap Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Viognier Winemaker Notes: “The Cuvee Manseng is a blend of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% …

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