Wine Notes

The Whites…

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Carnelian 2014

Grape: 100% Roussanne
History: This Rhone grape has found a wonderful home here in Virginia.
Harvest: Mid Sept
Aged: Fermented and aged 4 months in stainless steel
Characteristics: simple, light, intense tropical/floral flavors, very easy to drink.
Pairing: This is an excellent go-to wine at the end of a long day. Carrot sticks and potato chips work great but for a more refined meal try it with grilled mahi mahi or seared rare tuna.
Occasions: Cocktails, lighter meals

Opal 2014

Grape: 100% Petit Manseng
History: Originally from Jurancon – Southwest France. This is one of Virginia Tech’s top recommended whites to grow in VA.
Harvest: Late Sept /Early Oct
Aged: 6-8 months in stainless steel
Characteristics: Our most popular white wine. A white wine for red wine drinker, full bodied with intense citric and tropical flavors.
Pairing: It’s intense acidity allows this wine to hold up to even the heaviest meals including lamb and prime rib, yet delicate enough for pasta and seafood.
Occasions: Cocktails and food wine

The Reds…

Bloodstone 2014

Grape: 94% Fer Servadou 6% Tannat
History: Originally from Gaillac – Southwest France: one of the top recommended red grapes by Virginia Tech to grow in Virginia.
Harvest: late October – early November
Aged: 18 months in French oak barrels – 20% New / 80% Neutral
Characteristics: The red wine for white wine drinkers. Soft and delicate, medium bodied, earthy flavored with subtle tropical and berry notes.
Pairing: Best to drink on its own, most meals would over power its delicate flavors. If a meal is desired pair with filet mignon, Cornish game hens.
Occasions: Cocktails

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Grape: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc.
History: These are the 3 main grapes that make up a Bordeaux wine.
Harvest: Mid to late October.
Aged: 18 months in French oak barrels – 20% New / 80% Neutral.
Characteristics: A lighter style red suitable for white wine drinkers, fruit forward with moderate acidity and tannins with along finish and soft back palette.
Pairing: Pasta, grilled veggies, lighter meats.
Occasions: Cocktail and food wine dinners!

Ruby 2013

Grape: 50% Tannat, 30% Fer Servadou, 20% Petit Verdot
History: This is a blend of the top 3 grapes highly recommended for the VA climate by Virginia Tech.
Harvest: late October Early November
Aged: 18-24 months in French oak barrels – 50% New / 50% Neutral.
Characteristics: This is our most complex wine, with a blend of 3 grapes you get fruit forwardness from both the tannat and petit verdot and earthy mid palate from the Fer – all giving this wine great tannins, structure and flavor.
Pairing: most meals from pasta to sirloin steak.
Occasions: Food wine

Petit Verdot 2014

Grape: Petit Verdot 100%
History: originally one of the main grapes grown in Bordeaux France is highly recommended for VA climate by Virginia Tech.
Harvest: Mid to late October
Aged: 18-30 months in French oak barrels – 50% New / 50% Neutral
Characteristics: Very intense fruit forward blueberry and earthy mid-palate.
Pairing: Cassoulet, beef stew, or any earthy/herbal dish. A very comforting wine.
Occasions: A gathering with close friends!

Onyx 2012

Grape: Tannat 100%
History: originally one of the main grapes grown in Madiran southwest France is highly recommended for VA climate by Virginia Tech.
Harvest: late October Early November
Aged: 18-30 months in French oak barrels – 100% New
Characteristics: Very intense fruit forward cherry with a chocolate mid-palate and moderate acidity. Think of a chocolate covered cherry cordial.
Pairing: beef short ribs, lamb, and chocolate dishes.
Occasions: Impressing a client!

Everything in between…

Serefina 2014

Grape: 90% Petit Manseng 10% Tannat
History: not the traditional rosé method this is a white wine blended with a red.
Harvest: Late September for the white, late October for the red.
Aged: 4 months in stainless steel
Characteristics: You get the best of both worlds – tropical flavor from the white and berry flavor from the red.
Pairing: angel hair pasta with white fish caviar, grilled seafood.
Occasions: summertime porch pounder!

White Merlot 2014

Grape: 100% Merlot
History: Made in the traditional rosé method of producing a red like a white. Fermented cold, off the skins, in stainless steel.
Harvest: October
Aged: 6 months in stainless steel
Characteristics: Very intense fruit forward cherry and berry flavors.
Pairing: Grilled seafood.
Occasions: Pool side refresher!

Ruby’s Blush 2014

Grapes: 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Fer Servadou
History: Made in the traditional rosé method of producing a red like a white. Fermented cold, off the skins, in stainless steel.
Harvest: October
Aged: 4 months in stainless steel
Characteristics: Very intense fruit forward, like cotton candy – 1.5% RS
Pairing: Grilled seafood.
Occasions: Parties!

Moonstone 2014

Grape: 100% Late Harvest Viognier
History: Late harvest wines have the most intense flavor of any wine, not only a concentration in flavor and sugar but the grape actually produces more and different flavors the longer it is on the vine.
Harvest: Mid November
Aged: 4 months in stainless steel
Characteristics: intense perfume of honeyed apricots, tropical fruit & honeysuckle.
Pairing: Foie gras, spicy meals, apple pie, lighter sweets
Occasions: cocktails, spicy meals, and definitely desert!