Quick Pour: Choices by Variety

Virginia Wineworks Viognier 2011

Producer: Virginia Wineworks (Michael Shaps) Price: $16 Vintage: 2011 Winemaker Notes: Additional Notes: A bright floral and citrusy wine made from the official wine variety of Virginia. Made in stainless steel tanks to highlight the fruit character, this wine is like drinking in a Virginia Summer day.  The aromatic intensity is very inviting; the palate is dry and crisp with enough acidity to match up to many food pairings.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: pear, green apple, and a touch citrus Flavors: effervescent mouth-feel with kiwi undertones with apple, pear, apricot, and lime doing battle on the palate Finish: crisp and refreshing finish with green apple dominating the lengthy finish Additional Notes: After visiting First Colony Winery a couple months back, I was urged to take a ride up the driveway to the Michael Shaps / Virginia Wineworks facility. The tasting room and production facility is located in a warehouse that Shaps uses …

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Canyon Wind Cellars Cabernet Franc 2004

Producer: Canyon Wind Cellars Price: $20 Vintage: 2004 Winemaker Notes: Production: 144 cases produced Additional Notes: This was the first single varietal Cabernet Franc that Canyon Wind Cellars has produced. Winemaker Jay Christianson was nice enough to dig up some library notes for me for the review. From Jay: The library is small enough that I have not opened and tasted this varietal in few years but the tasting notes from pre-bottling trials indicate that the wine had nice balance, good violet and blueberries.  The oak for this wine was 1/3 new, 1/3 once used, 1/3 twice used oak, and only about 15% French. Many thanks to Jay Christianson for the details.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: licorice, clove, jammy notes of blackberry and hints of floral notes Flavors: light spice with blueberry, blackberry and hints of cassis Finish: smooth finish with soft tannins and floral notes carrying the …

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General’s Ridge GRV White (NV)

Producer: General’s Ridge GRV White Price: $11.95 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: A blend of Traminette and Chardonel.  Traminette is the dominant grape to be noted.  Very floral with just a little sweetness.  A wonderful picnic wine or to be paired with spicy foods like Indian or Thai.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: toasty oak and citrus Flavors: a touch of apple and light floral notes Finish: bright fruit with floral notes Additional Notes: This light, white blend of Traminette and Chardonel is filled with floral characteristics and bright fruit throughout. Its balanced acidity and crisp, floral finish offers an ever so slight touch of sweetness that is the perfect match for any spicy dish or even just a hot summer day.  VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING: 86 POINTS

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Belle Mount Vineyards Chardonnay (NV)

Producer: Belle Mount Vineyards Price: $14 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: Our Chardonnay is the classic white to serve with light flavored meals such as fish, chicken or crab. The pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle in an intricate balance. Perfect with food or to enjoy all by itself. 750ml  12.5% alc. by vol. Serve chilled.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: a teasing light oak with a more prominent citrus fruit Flavors: butterscotch, citrus, with floral undertones Finish: oddly crisp and refreshing yet falls a little short on length Additional Notes: Out of all of the Belle Mount Vineyard offerings, this particular wine jumped out as noteworthy more than any of the others. The typical Chardonnay characteristics teasing the senses in the form of butterscotch and light citrus notes, yet finishing crisp and clean.  My one complaint is the length of the finish, that is not nearly as lengthy …

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Breaux Vineyards Madeleines Chardonnay 2010

Producer: Breaux Vineyards Price: $19 Vintage: 2010 Winemaker Notes: Madeleine’s was steel fermented at cool temperatures, eliciting robust fruit notes, a medium body, and refreshing acidity. Flavors such as banana, pineapple, & red pear shine through on this wine that pairs fine with food, but stands alone as a Fall-sipper just as well. One of the great aspects of making wine from Virginia grapes is that the resulting wines are wonderfully aromatic and expressive.  With that in mind, we choose to make our Madeline’s Chardonnay in 100% stainless steel, avoiding oak contact completely.  What this has done is it allowed the wine to showcase the beautiful Virginia-grown Chardonnay’s aromatic potential, and that gives you, as the drinker, the ability to experience what those grapes smell and taste like in a pure, unmasked environment. Awards: SILVER MEDAL – Governor’s Cup Wine Competition (Virginia) – 2011 Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: very aromatic with …

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Greenvale Vineyards Skipping Stone White 2010

Producer: Greenvale Vineyards Price: $14 Vintage: 2010 Winemaker Notes: Pairing: This wine is great by itself, with cheese, a simple meal and is also sensational with spicy foods. Grape Varieties: 90% Cayuga and 10% Vidal Blanc Fermentation: Stainless Steel Production: 912 Cases Additional Notes: Very light in color, the wine is aromatic with a bright, crisp, floral nose — delicious and refreshing on the palate. Slightly off dry with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: light notes of violet Flavors: bright refreshing palate bursting with soothing notes of violet and green apple Finish: effervescent feel, but finishing in a well rounded blend of acidity and sweetness and oh so crisp! Additional Notes: Originally being from Rhode Island, the first time I visited this vineyard I was excited and frightened at the same time. I came across so many great vineyards in Virginia, I …

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Château Coucy 2003 Bordeaux Montagne Saint Emilion

Producer: Château Coucy Price: $24 Vintage: 2003 Winemaker Notes: Surface: 20 ha Soils: Clayey-limestone Grape Varieties Planted: Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Average Age of Vines: 25 years Ageing: 20% new barrels, 20% one year barrels, 60% tanks Production: 80,000 bottles Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Additional Notes: This property has been part of the Maureze family for generations.  The Great Grandfather, Edouard Maureze worked long days to develop a style of viticulture that has become a family trait.  Mr. Maureze, the grandson of Edouard is now the winery manager of the famed California winery Dominus in the US.  His son and nephews now manage the two properties in Castillon and in Montagne Saint-Emilion, like their Great Grandfather did a century ago. Now, the vineyards and vinification are under Jean-Luc Thunevin’s supervision.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: plum, oak, spice, and tobacco Flavors: hints of …

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Cardinal Point Quattro 2010

Producer: Cardinal Point Price: $17 Vintage: 2010 Winemaker Notes: Grape varieties: Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Viognier, and Traminette. Tasting Notes: Apple and pear and peach notes with a refreshing finish. Technical Notes: No malolactic fermentation. 3% residual sugar. Food Pairing: Blue cheese on crusty bread, liver pate, or thai food. Winemaker: Tim Gorman Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: wafting notes of apple and bright fruit Flavors: crisp apple, pear, and a hint of apricot Finish: crisp with a semi-sweet lingering flavor Additional Notes: Not too sweet, well-balanced, almost effervescent mouth feel that would complement those hot summer days. I’m not a huge fan of sweet Rieslings, and if you are looking for something similar minus the over the top sweetness, this should be just the trick.  Perfect for cooking on the grill yet refreshing to stash in the cooler to sip on the beach. Highly recommended from this Charlottesville area winery.   …

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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006

Producer: Bodegas Lan Price: $12 Vintage: 2006 Winemaker Notes: Grape varieties: 100% Tempranillo. Aged: In American and French oak barrels for 12 months, followed by several months in the bottle. Tasting notes: Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with hints of fruit. Pairing: Cold starters, pasta, poultry. Perfect as wine by glass. Accolades: 90 Points; Wine Spectator Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: aromatic notes of dark berry with delicate floral undertones Flavors: dark berry, light jammy notes, floral undertones Finish: dark cherry and subtle spice Additional Notes: light tannins, medium bodied, good balance, and very flavorful with a medium finish — for the price point this wine is a home run for an afterwork glass of wine to decompress to   Rating: 89 Points  

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Twin Oaks Tavern 2009 Chardonnay; Happy Wine Wednesday

For the past week I have been in Chicago for work, so this evening the last thing I wanted to do was cook dinner. What I did want to do is destroy some Chinese food in a bad way. So without hesitation, an order of Kung Pao Chicken with Chicken Fried Rice and Crab Rangoons were ordered. Now being Wine Wednesday (How could I forget), I decided that my selection would have to be a good one to compliment my wine, and my second viewing of the movie ‘Bottle Shock’. From the wine rack I reach and pull out on the first pull Twin Oaks Tavern 2009 Chardonnay. Recently visiting and soon to be reviewing, I decided why the hell not refrigerate this bottle and pair this up with my meal. The nose of this flew up and slapped me in the sinus with a very fruit forward Peach and …

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