Tag Archives: 2010

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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Fabbioli Cellars; Tre Sorélle Vertical

Recently, my girlfriend and I joined Fabbioli Cellar’s Wine Club. The fact that Doug Fabbioli has come close to mastering Italian varietals was part of the big attraction to joining the club. One of the first club events that we received an invitation to was the recent Tre Sorélle vertical tasting, held in Fabbioli’s Barrel Room. The Tre Sorélle variety is Doug’s Bordeaux style blend, consisting of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. The tasting consisted of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages with a barrel sample of the 2012 Merlot (which is still fermenting and will eventually be blended with the other two varietals to create the 2012 Tre Sorélle). As we took our position in front of our carefully arranged wine glasses on the U-shaped table in the Barrel Room, Doug began to share some information about each of the vintages and what to expect from each year. …

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Quick Pour: Paradise Springs Meritage 2010

Producer: Paradise Springs Region: Northern Virginia Region Price: $32 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 37% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec Virginia Pour House Notes: Paradise Springs dropped a bomb on my taste buds with this complex and balanced Meritage. Ripe tannins and an almost chewy mouthfeel, outline the big flavors of dark fruit (black cherry) and spice with a subtle blueberry, cedar, and toasty plethora on the finish. The aromas carry much of the same on the nose, with more of a spice presence adding light notes of black currant and oak . A great “drink now” wine for those harsh winter days. Pairs well with German Rouladen.   VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 86 Points  

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Quick Pour: Pearmund Cellars Sweet Petit 2010

Producer: Pearmund Cellars Region: Northern Virginia Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: Petit Verdot Winemaker Notes: Made from Petit Verdot. Light tannins with beautiful flavors of blackberry. Slightly sweet. Serve chilled. Virginia Pour House Notes: Here is the story as told to me at the winery:  The fermentation process started on the Petit Verdot, then it stopped. The winemaker tried to restart it unsuccessfully and decided that it would be acceptable to bottle it and sell it as a sweet wine in its current form.  At the time, my palate was favoring sweet wines so it actually wasn’t that bad. If you are looking for something on the dessert side but not quite as sweet as a port or ice wine, in red form, this maybe something for you. Chocolate and blackberry charge the nose with blackberry toppling your taste buds and firing a cannon of sweet chocolate flavors that are …

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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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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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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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Molon Lave 2010 Merlot; The missing link to pasta night

As the temperatures start their odd fluctuation, often as they do prior to a bitter and overwhelming start to summer, I try to really push as many of my warm home cooked meals as much as possible. Tonight I decided that I would start my dinner with a small antipasto, followed up with tri-colored Tortellini and some homemade meat sauce, fresh made garlic bread, and capped off with some left over homemade cannolis. Well, all seems to be perfect according to my stomach, however my palate had a few words for my stomach, and I’ll give you a hint about what it’s missing. What in the world out of all of my wines in the rack can I pair with this meal. Dumb question, plenty! The problem is, for a typical Tuesday night do I dare to waste one of my favorite reds? Then again, if I purchased the bottle, …

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Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin saves man from an inexcusable evening of bad TV

For the second evening in a row, I tossed on the television expecting to be roped into a hockey or NCAA basketball game, much like the previous night. Instead I was presented with a plethora of atrocities that are as-bad or worse than Mash or Little House on the Prairie reruns. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed, so I decided to go the Netflix route and pair it with a bottle of Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin that I picked up from the vineyard this past weekend. Indeep sang that “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” and I’m going to say this night the Chambourcin saved it…from the peril of boredom and my craving for a sweet but not quite white wine evening. Press play, check. Uncorked the bottle, check. Soft couch, check. The wine..excellent. After taking a whiff from the edge of the glass, I detect a very fruit forward …

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