Tag Archives: meritage

Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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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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Jefferson Vineyards; A Monticello Dream Come True

Jefferson Vineyards was first planted on land brokered by Thomas Jefferson to Florentine Viticulturist Filipo Mazzei with the hopes of Filipo’s assistance to help progress Jefferson’s dream of native grown wine grape in 1774. Following the Revolutionary War, no vines were seen on the property until 1981 when Jefferson’s dream became a reality. Now with 30 years of experience and a yearly production of roughly 6,000 to 8,000 cases, this modest farm winery produces around 9 varieties supplied by close to 23 acres of vines in the Monticello area of Central Virginia. This quaint property leads you to their tasting room by the paved road leading to the gravel drive and displays some of their oldest plantings to the right of the dirt entrance. Straight ahead, there is a large barn that holds their production facility and events room. After we exited the vehicle, we snapped a quick picture by …

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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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Rappahannock Cellars; Recent visit(s) and Anniversary Celebration!

Do any of you recall the Governor’s Case winners from last year? It should come as no shock that a bottle of Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Meritage was included in there. What should come as a shock is why there were not more Rappahannock Cellars wines included. Visit after visit, release after release, Rappahannock continues to separate themselves from the rest of the pack of great wine producers in the State of Virginia. With well over 1,000 Wine Club Members, a newly renovated Members section, and glorious perks of being a Member, I think it’s time to ask yourself a question. If you aren’t a Member of Rappahannock Cellars, what is wrong with you? This weekend marks the 12th Anniversary of Rappahannock Cellars and the celebration consists of live musical performances by Marie Miller and Pigs from a Gun on Saturday and Sunday, as well as catered food by Jack Knuckle …

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Catoctin Creek Winery; Passion Makes Perfect

When referencing either whiskey or wine, if you live in Northern Virginia, you probably have heard the name Catoctin Creek. I’m sure plenty of other people have confused the two as being made by the same company or entity. What most do not realize is they are not. Catoctin Creek is own and operated by a one man army named Jim Hanna. In 2004, after retiring from a well-known organization in downtown Washington, DC, Jim moved from Bethesda to a small development tucked away in the town of Purcellville. Jim decided to follow his passion for both photography and wine. With the help of some local wine experts by the names of Doug Fabbioli (owner and Winemaker at Fabbioli Cellars) and Dave Collins (oormer Winemaker at Breaux Vineyards), Jim began learning and producing some of the most appealing boutique wines I have had in Northern Virginia. He has been making …

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Quick Pour: Cardinal Point Winery Union 2010

Producer: Cardinal Point Winery Region: Monticello AVA; Central Virginia Price: $24.00 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 78% Petit Verdot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc Virginia Pour House Notes: A fury of oak and ripe cherry pops out on the nose. Full and flavorful with blackberry and black cherry with a touch of raspberry undertones. Subtle tannins mix with concentrated ripe berries which mellow toward the finish with smooth and supple qualities. VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 85 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: 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: The Hague Winery 2008 Meritage Reserve

Producer: The Hague Winery Region: Chesapeake Bay Region (Virginia) / Washington Birthplace AVA Price: $28.95 Vintage: 2008 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot Virginia Pour House Notes: A gorgeous bouquet of cedar, smoke, candied fig, and dark fruit spreads from the nose to the palate with cherry being the standout adding subtleties of spice and leather mid-palate. Complex and intricate structure with silky smooth tannins and an ultra smooth finish that leaves luscious nuances of spice box and vanilla lingering behind.  Big bodied, aromatic, and a plethora of qualities propel this gem to the top part of my ‘Virginia Favorites’ list.   VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 89 Points    

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