Quick Pour: Red Wine Varieties

Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011

Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011 Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $45 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 76% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot ABV: 13.9% Virginia Pour House Notes: Leather leads the dancing on the nose as it is followed closely by ripe blackberry and hints of black cherry. The palate boasts a medium bodied structure with fine tannins up front that intensify mid palate while adding light spice and burst of white pepper deep into the back palate as it finishes with earthy undertones and rich oak. A perfect wine to match a tender filet or lamb burger. Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011 Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $45 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 76% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot ABV: 13.9% Virginia Pour House Notes: Leather leads the dancing on the nose as it is followed closely by ripe blackberry and hints of black cherry. …

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Quick Pour: Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec 2009

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec 2009 Producer: Lamadrid Estate Wines Region: Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 100% Malbec ABV: 14% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromas of garden-fresh herbs and blackberry with a medium-bodied palate complimented by ripe cherry flavors with dried blackberry undertones. The mid palate picks up white pepper nuances and spice box while balanced by fine tannins and spice to keep the fruit-forward flavor structure in harmony to finish ripe, yet masculine. This wine was a tough find years ago, but is more readily available and a steal at its current price point, especially for a Single Vineyard Argentinian Malbec. Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec 2009 Producer: Lamadrid Estate Wines Region: Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 100% Malbec ABV: 14% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromas of garden-fresh herbs and blackberry with a medium-bodied palate complimented by ripe cherry flavors with dried blackberry undertones. The …

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Quick Pour: Bodegas Breca Old Vine Garnacha 2011

Bodegas Breca Old Vine Garnacha 2011 Producer: Bodegas Breca Winery Region: D.O. Calatayud, Spain Price: $18.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Garnacha (Grenache) ABV: 15.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bold and supple, this wine delivers an overload of fragrance – bearing licorice, chocolate, and cola with sweet tobacco leaf. Full-bodied and built on a foundation of licorice and silky, smooth chocolate, a silky tannin lines the entire palate. The finish is memorable and lengthy while adding a red carpet of spice and dried black fruit. Beautiful and smooth with some age worthy characteristics. Excellent value buy!!   Bodegas Breca Old Vine Garnacha 2011 Producer: Bodegas Breca Winery Region: D.O. Calatayud, Spain Price: $18.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Garnacha (Grenache) ABV: 15.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bold and supple, this wine delivers an overload of fragrance - bearing licorice, chocolate, and cola with sweet tobacco leaf. Full-bodied and built on a foundation of licorice and silky, smooth …

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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 5): Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2011

Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2011 Producer: Peachy Canyon Vineyards Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, USA Price: $14 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Zinfandel ABV: 15% Virginia Pour House Notes: Medium to full bodied, deep and dense with inky purple color. This Zin offers smooth dark berry, cigar box, and hints of dried plum and cocoa lead to chewy, peppery tannins that carry copious amounts of plum, sweet tobacco, and baking spice mid palate. Carrying on to a supple fruit driven finish, tannins warm all the way down and leave behind sweet cola notes. A perfect steak wine or to accompany a Holiday roast.   Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2011 Producer: Peachy Canyon Vineyards Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, USA Price: $14 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Zinfandel ABV: 15% Virginia Pour House Notes: Medium to full bodied, deep and dense with inky purple color. This Zin offers smooth dark berry, cigar box, and hints …

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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 3): Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386

Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet tobacco, spicebox and cherry – all supported by fine tannins and a ripe, black fruit-filled finish. The full mouthfeel, round structure and fruit driven palate makes for an excellent wine to pair or enjoy on its own.   Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet …

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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: Cameron Hughes Lot 383 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc

Producer: Cameron Hughes Region: Languedoc-Roussillon – Pays d’Oc (France) Price: $15 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 18% ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Cassis, peat  and leather in the nose. Dark fruit flavors lead to toasty tobacco and mocha undertones that are carried away by smoke and jammy black fruit with fine and well balanced tannins that coat the palate and lead to the medium length. Producer: Cameron Hughes Region: Languedoc-Roussillon – Pays d’Oc (France) Price: $15 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 18% ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Cassis, peat  and leather in the nose. Dark fruit flavors lead to toasty tobacco and mocha undertones that are carried away by smoke and jammy black fruit with fine and well balanced tannins that coat the palate and lead to the medium length. Quick Pour: Cameron Hughes Lot 383 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc Quick …

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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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Tasting Event: Chester Wine Society’s Virginia Wine Vertical Tasting and Exploration

This past weekend, I was invited to pour and lead a discussion in Richmond, Virginia at a Chester Wine Society gathering. My fiance’s mother, Cindi, helped start the wine loving group as a way to explore and expand their knowledge of wines from all over the world, as well as bring together great people. We drove down from DC fresh off of our flight from California wine country and brought two vertical tastings: Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserves from 2010-2012 and 2011 Cabernet Francs from Rappahannock Cellars, Fabbioli Cellars, and Berry Hill Vineyard. I also included a bottle of the Rappahannock Cabernet Franc Reserve from 2010 to compare and contrast how vastly different vintage years could be. We all took part in open discussion, enjoyed some great finger foods, and voted on our favorites from the group. We begin first with the vertical tasting of Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserve, …

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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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