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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: DelFosse Grand Cru Olivier 2011

Producer: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery Region: Central Virginia, Virginia, USA Price: $22 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 38% Merlot, 25% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc Additional Notes: Aged 8 months in French oak barrels. Bottled in July 2012. Released in November 2012. Virginia Pour House Notes:  Copious amounts of oak and black cherry on the nose laced with powdered chocolate while bearing plenty of depth and excellent structure. Notes of fresh red fruit, currants, black cherry, and plush tannins on the palate, and nuances of vanilla and oak appear as the fruit recedes towards the finish while concluding with medium length and even balance.       Producer: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery Region: Central Virginia, Virginia, USA Price: $22 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 38% Merlot, 25% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc Additional Notes: Aged 8 months in French oak barrels. Bottled in July 2012. Released in November 2012. Virginia Pour House Notes:  Copious amounts of oak and …

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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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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: Fabbioli Cellars Sangiovese 2011

Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $24 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sangiovese Virginia Pour House Notes:  Fragrant on the nose with aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry, while elegant notes of ripe berries and dark cherry flutter over the palate. Lean in body, yet juicy, vivacious, and concentrated.   Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $24 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sangiovese Virginia Pour House Notes:  Fragrant on the nose with aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry, while elegant notes of ripe berries and dark cherry flutter over the palate. Lean in body, yet juicy, vivacious, and concentrated.   Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Sangiovese 2011 Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Sangiovese 2011 2013-11-04 Virginia Pour House Review Overview Total Points - 83 83 83 Virginia Pour House Rating User Rating: Be the first one !

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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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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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EVENT: Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS

Here at Virginia Pour House, I’m all about supporting charity events and helping others in need to the fullest extent I can. After attending a blind sparking tasting at Early Mountain Vineyards (my second year attending), I spoke with Allan over at CellarBlog about his work with some other Virginia wineries to hold on an event supporting the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. I told him I would spread the word and I am, after all, a man of my word. The Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS is a great event (and very inexpensive given the enormity of the cause). I strongly urge all of you, the readers, to put May 5th on your calendars and attend this charity event. For online ticket purchasing, there will be a pre-registration online, but you can also purchase tickets at the door for no additional cost. The details are …

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