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									Winery Name                        Region (as highlighted in the text)
AmRhein Vineyards                  Blue Ridge Highlands
Ankida Ridge Vineyards*            Central/Southern Virginia
Annefield Vineyards                Southern Virginia
Barboursville Vineyards*           Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Barrel Oak Winery                  Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
Barren Ridge Vineyards             Shenandoah Valley AVA
Blenheim Vineyards*                Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Boxwood Estate Vineyard            Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
Breaux Vineyards*                  Northern Virginia : Loudoun County
Cardinal Point Vineyards           Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Chateau Morrisette                 Blue Ridge Highlands, Rocky Knob AVA
Chatham Vineyards*                 Eastern Shore AVA
Chester Gap Cellars*               Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
Chrysalis Vineyards*               Northern Virginia: Loudoun County
Cross Keys Vineyard                Shenandoah Valley AVA
Delaplane Vineyards                Northern Virginia: Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
DuCard Vineyards                   Central Virginia
DelFosse Vineyards                 Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Foggy Ridge Cidery                 Blue Ridge Highlands
Fox Meadow Vineyards*              Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
Glass House Winery                 Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Gray Ghost Vineyards               Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
Horton Vineyards*                  Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Ingleside Vineyards                Northern Neck AVA and Nearby
Jefferson Vineyards                Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Keswick Vineyards*                 Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
King Family Vineyards*             Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Linden Vineyards*                  Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
New Kent Winery                    Virginia Peninsula/Hampton Roads
Ox Eye Vineyards                   Shenandoah Valley AVA
Pearmund Cellars                   Northern Virginia : Fauquier County
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards       Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Pollak Vineyards                   Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery*   Northern Neck AVA and Nearby
Prince Michel Vineyards *          Central Virginia
Rappahannock Cellars               Northern Virginia : Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
RdV Vineyards *                    Northern Virginia: Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties
Rockbridge Vineyards               Shenandoah Valley AVA
Rosemount Vineyards                Southern Virginia
Tarara Vineyards*                  Northern Virginia : Loudoun County
Valhalla Vineyards                 Blue Ridge Highlands, North Fork of Roanoke AVA
Veramar Vineyards                  Shenandoah Valley AVA
Veritas Vineyards*                 Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Villa Appalaccia                           Blue Ridge Highlands, Rocky Knob AVA
Virginia Wineworks, Michael Shaps Wines*   Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Well Hung Vineyards                        Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
West Wind Farm & Winery                    Blue Ridge Highlands
White Hall Vineyards                       Central Virginia, Monticello AVA
Williamsburg Winery                        Virginia Peninsula/Hampton Roads
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards                 Northern Virginia : Loudoun County
Winery at La Grange                        Northern Virginia : Prince William County
Address                                        Phone
                                               540-929-4632
9243 Patterson Drive, Bent Mountain, Virginia 24059
1304 Franklin Creek Rd., Amherst, VA 24521 434-922-7678
3200 Sunny Side Road, Saxe, VA 23967           434-454-6017
17655 Winery Rd. Barboursville, Virginia 22923 (540) 832-3824
3623 Grove Ln., Delaplane, VA 20144            540-364-6402
984 Barren Ridge Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 540-248-3300
31 Blenheim Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902 434-293-5366
                                               540-687-8778
For remote tasting room locations and hours, visit the website.
36888 Breaux Vineyards Ln, Purceville, VA 20132540-668-6299
9423 Batesville Road, Afton, Virginia 22920    540-456-8400
287 Winery Road SW, Floyd, VA 24091            540-593-2865
9232 Chatham Rd. Machipongo, VA 23405          757-678-5588
4615 Remount Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630        540-636-8086
                                                20117
23876 Champe Ford Road, Middleburg, Virginia 540 687 8222
                                                22841
6011 East Timber Ridge Road, Mt. Crawford, VA540-234-0505
2187 Winchester Road, Delaplane, VA 20144-1734 540-592-7210
                                                22719
40 Gibson Hollow Lane,Etlan (Madison County),540-923-4206
500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 22938 434-263-6100
1328 Pineview Road, Dugspur, Virginia 24325 276 398-2337
3310 Freezeland Rd., Linden, VA 22642          540-636-6777
5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union, Virginia 22940(434) 975-0094
14706 Lee Hwy, Amissville, VA 20106            540-937-4869
6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville, VA 22942 800-829-4633
5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443        804-224-8687
                                               434-977-3042
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA 22947 (434) 244-3341
6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Virginia 22932     434-823-7800
3708 Harrels Corner Rd., Linden, VA 22642      540-364-1997
8400 Old Church Rd., New Kent, VA 23124        804-932-8240
44 Middlebrook Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401 540-849-7926
6190 Georgetown Road, Broad Run VA 20137 540-347-3475
5022 Plank Road, North Garden, 22959           434-202-8063
330 Newtown Road, Greenwood, VA 22943          540-456-8844
275 Decatur Rd., Stafford, VA 22554             540-446-2266
154 Winery Lane, Leon, Virginia 22725          800-800-WINE (9463)
14437 Hume Road, Huntley, VA 22640             540-635-9398
2550 Delaplane Grade Rd., Delaplane, 20144 540-346-0221
35 Hill View Lane, Raphine, VA 24472           888-511-9463
1050 Blackridge Road, LaCrosse, Virginia 23950 (434) 636-WINE (9463)
13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176          703-771-7100
6500 Mt. Chestnut Rd.,Roanoke, VA 24018        (540) 725-9463
Purcellville, VA 20142                         540-955-5510
151 Veritas Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920        540-456-8000
752 Rock Castle Gorge, Floyd, Virginia 24091 540-358-0357
                                                  434
1781 Harris Creek Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902 296-3438
                                                  and festivals.
no public tasting room but available at retailers 434-260-1501
                                                  276-699-2020
2228 Fort Chiswell Road, Max Meadows, Virginia 24360
5282 Sugar Ridge Rd., Crozet, Virginia 22932 434-823-8615
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5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA 23185 57-229-0999
38906 Mount Gilead Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175 703-777-8161
      4970 Antioch Road Haymarket, VA 20169             (703) 753-9360
URL                                Wines
http://amrheins.com/winecellars/   Whites include: pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, viognier, traminette,
www.ankidaridge.com                A new, small operation specializing in Burgundian-style chardonnay
www.annefieldvineyards.com         The wines include chardonnay, viognier, a white blend that include
www.barboursvillewine.com          Whites include: a crisp, refreshing sparkling (blend of chardonnay a
www.barreloak.com                  Dry cabernet franc, petit verdot, chardonnay, viognier, norton; off-
www.barrenridgevineyards.com       Whites include: chardonnay (40% barrel fermented), viognier, tram
www.blenheimvineyards.com          Whites include: regular and estate chardonnay, viognier, and a high
www.boxwoodwinery.com/             The two signature wines are a “Right Bank” blend dominated by ca
www.breauxvineyards.com            Whites include: viognier, Jennifer’s Jambalaya (aromatic semi-dry w
www.cardinalpointwinery.com        Whites: barrel select chardonnay, A6 (chardonnay and viognier), vio
www.thedogs.com                    Whites include: varietal chardonnay, viognier and vidal blanc, and p
www.chathamvineyards.net           steel fermented and oak style chardonnays, a reserve-style “Church
www.chestergapcellars.com          three dry viogniers, cabernet franc, merlot, “cuvee manseng”, a ble
www.ChrysalisWine.com              Whites include: albarino, chardonnay regular and reserve, sarah's p
www.crosskeysvineyards.com         Whites include: chardonnay, a rosé of pinot noir, and "joy white", a
www.delaplanecellars.com           Whites include: melange (white blend), single vineyard viogniers, b
www.ducardvineyards.com            Whites include varietal and blended viognier and a juicy cabernet f
www.delfossewine.com               Whites include: regular and reserve chardonnay, "reserve d'Oriann
www.foggyridgecider.com            Estate grown heirloom apples produce Serious Cider, First Fruit (bo
www.foxmeadowwinery.com            Pinot grigio, barrel fermented chardonnay, riesling, cabernet franc,
www.glasshousewinery.com           Whites: pinot gris and viognier. Reds: Chambourcin, norton, "Twen
www.grayghostvineyards.com         Thirteen labels, including dry vidal blanc and seyval blanc, chardonn
www.hvwine.com                     Whites include: chardonnay, semi-dry petit manseng, rkatsiteli, vid
www.inglesidevineyards.com         About twenty labels, ranging from the Chesapeake series of proprie
www.jeffersonvineyards.com         Whites include: regular and reserve viognier and chardonnay, pinot
www.keswickvineyards.com           Whites include: regular and reserve viognier, verdejo, rosé and cha
www.kingfamilyvineyards.com        Whites include chardonnay, viognier, "Crosé", a blanc de blancs spa
www.lindenvineyards.com            Seyval blanc, riesling/vidal, claret, petit verdot, chardonnay, late ha
www.newkentwinery.com              unoaked and oaked chardonnays; white merlot, white norton, vida
www.oxeyevineyards.com             Whites include: chardonnay, riesling, gewurztraminer, and a white
www.pearmundcellars.com            Whites include old vine chardonnay, viognier, riesling, petit mansen
www.pippinhillfarm.com             The white wines are bright and freshly fruity and include a regular a
www.pollakvineyards.com            Whites include: chardonnay, pinot gris, viognier, rosé and a "Duran
www.potomacpointwinery.com         There are thirteen wines in the product line, including a white table
www.princemichel.com               Wines are divided into several product tiers: the Rapidan River line
www.rappahannockcellars.com        They farm twenty-five acres of vines, with the top volume wines be
www.rdvvineyards.com               RdV produces three red Bordeaux blends each vintage; a cabernet
www.rockbridgevineyard.com         Product line ranges from hybrid blends to varietals to a reserve "De
http://rosemontofvirginia.com      Whites include: pinot grigio, traminette, rosé and chardonnay. Red
www.tarara.com                     Varietals: cabernet franc, chardonnay. Blends: charval, The Long Bo
www.valhallawines.com              Whites include: row ten (blend of chardonnay and viognier), estate
www.veramar.com                    Whites include: chardonnay, riesling/vidal blend, dry rosé, seyval b
www.veritaswines.com               Whites: 3 chardonnays: a Chablis-style chardonnay (Saddleback), an
www.villaappalaccia.com      Wines are made from varietals and combinations of primitivo, sang
www.michaelshapswines.com    Products are in two tiers: the Wineworks label and the reserve Mic
www.wellhungvineyard.com     Whites: "everyday" and "very well hung" chardonnays. Reds: cabe
www.westwindwine.com         Whites include: riesling, pinot gris, vidal blanc and dry rosé. Reds in
www.whitehallvineyards.com   Whites include regular (estate) and reserve (oak) style chardonnays
www.williamsburgwinery.com   23 labels (including wines from non-Virginia fruit); largest productio
www.willowcroftwine.com      Reds: varietal chambourcin, the two cabernets, merlot and petit ve
www.wineryatlagrange.com/    Chardonnay, pinot gris, cabernet sauvignon, tannat, cabernet franc
               Tasting Notes
               The petit manseng is spicy and rich, due to being barrel fermented. The petit verdot is aromatic, smooth, and richly
               Chardonnay: a definite influence of oak and yeast, but more in textural complexity than flavor. Like a lighter versio
nier, a white blend that includes rkatsiteli, the two varietal cabernets and a red Bordeaux blend. The wines are elegant and pol
               Reserve chardonnay: elegant, with just a little French oak and harmonious balance. Sauvignon blanc: racy, fresh an
               09 seyval blanc: fresh grapefruit on the nose, solid ripe grapefruit on the palate, clean and fresh.
               Both whites and reds are delicately fruity and fresh, with firm acidity. The most noted wine is the meritage (petit ve
               The chardonnay is bright, with forward yellow apple and pear flavors, with some yeast and oak in the background f
               Lush black fruits with hints of mocha for the Topiary, and cassis, cedar and cigar box hints in the more firm, less for
               2009 viognier: delicately floral, with white peach notes on the palate, but light and refreshing, with good acidity. 20
               Barrel select chardonnay is ripe and full-bodied and perfect for those who like that style. The A-6 is a nice blend of
               08 vidal blanc: a fresh nose of peaches and pears. On the palate, the wine is juicy with pear and peach flavors but w
               The steel chardonnay is very vibrant and crisp, almost sauvignon blanc-like, and all the wines seem to have a chara
               Viogniers here are leaner, with more minerality than most Virginia viogniers, and need bottle age. Cabernet franc i
               10 albarino: brilliantly focused, lively nose with citrus zest and white flowers. Palate is racy with high acidity, great
               2010 petit verdot: inky purple. Nose: young and closed, hints of pure damson plum. Palate; essense of plum; layere
  d), single vineyard viogniers, barrel fermented chardonnay, rosé. Reds include: single vineyard syrah, cabernet franc, and mer
  viognier and a juicy cabernet franc rose. Reds include varietal cabernet franc, petit verdot, norton, and "Popham Run" red Bor
               The reserve chardonnay has concentrated apple and pear flavors with a hint of almond from French oak, but firm a
 ce Serious Cider, First Fruit (both dry) or Sweet Stayman cider. Pippin Gold is a blend of hard cider and apple brandy.
               barrel fermented chardonnay ’08: smoky lemon/citrus on the nose, definite oak complexities on the palate but stil
               The viognier and pinot gris have fresh varietal fruit, and the “C’villian” red is an approachable blend of chambourci
               The Adieu late harvest vidal has won many Best of Show medals in competitions around the country. It is not as sw
               Viognier is bright and freshly fruit, with no oak, and well-balancing acidity. Reserve cabernet franc is impressive; a f
he Chesapeake series of proprietary blends of French hybrids (made to go well with Bay seafood) to the Premium series of vini
               Chardonnay reserve is elegantly Burgundian, with finely balanced fruit and oak and yeast components, easy to enjo
               Verdejo: a brilliant, nervy dry white with flinty minerality and bright lime citrus notes; merlot is complex with ripe b
               Viognier 2010: mostly stainless steel fermented with just a touch of oak for texture, the wine has bright apricot, tan
               Avenius sauvignon blanc ’10: lively gooseberry and passion fruit aromas, vibrant citrus and passion fruit flavors, fre
hite merlot, white norton, vidal blanc, Meritage, estate grown merlot.
 , gewurztraminer, and a white blend of chardonnay and riesling called white ox. Reds include: cabernet franc, pinot noir and le
                                                                   ripe forward fruit, New World in style and mango aromas. Palate:
               The Pearmund wines are characterized by clean09 petit manseng: a nose of pineapple but fruit-driven. Pearmund g
  ly fruity and include a regular and reserve chardonnay, a viognier, rosé chardonnay blanc de blancs, cabernet franc rosé and a
               The pinot gris is more full-bodied and spicy than most. The rosé is juicy and dry. The meritage is richly juicy but wit
               The rich yet balanced Richland Reserve chardonnay and viognier are consistently excellent; also rich in flavor and c
               2005 blanc de blancs: Fine bead mousse, clean, fresh, some yeast/age, but mostly green apple on the nose. Palate:
               Seyval blanc is crisp and fresh, native yeast chardonnay is complex and one of the best in the state, and Meritage is
               2008 RdV: nose is mostly closed, but with hints of black currants, black cherry and garden herbs. On the palate, it is
  ds to varietals to a reserve "Dechiel" label. Varietal whites include: riesling, chardonnay, traminette and vidal blanc. Varietal re
  tte, rosé and chardonnay. Reds include: syrah, merlot, cabernet franc, and Kilravock, their high-end blend; and lake country re
 y. Blends: charval, The Long Bomb (red Bordeaux blend), red Bordeaux rosé, winemaker's select bin #1 (wine club exclusive; ca
               Viognier is rich and more full-bodied than most. The sangiovese is spicy with bright cherry fruit. The Gotterdamme
                '09 seyval blanc: subtle, Loire Valley-like nose of citrus and herbal hints. Palate is fresh, dry and full-bodied with fir
               The Veritas house style is for whites to be fresh with delicate, bright fruit and lively acidity. Reds are subtle and not
ombinations of primitivo, sangiovese, malvasia, aglianico, corvina, montepulciano and cabernet franc.
           Wineworks cabernet franc iis dry with bright cherry fruit, low tannin and a crisp finish. The Wineworks viognier is a
           09 verdot/merlot: briar fruits, violets, black cherry and sage on the nose. Palate: deep, rich but still evolving fruit, s
           08 riesling: clean, fresh and dry with hints of yellow apple and pear, and good fruit/acid balance. '06 heritage reser
           Regular (steel) chardonnay is finished with a Stelvin screwcap and is fresh with lively apple and citrus notes. Gewur
           Acte 12 of 1619 Chardonnay: subtle apple and pear notes on the aroma and palate, hint of oak on the texture, but
           2009 albariño: non-fruity, lime and mineral notes, very dry, with long lingering citrus acidity. ’09 riesling/muscat otto
vignon, tannat, cabernet franc, as well as an eclectic mix of proprietary blends and a port-styled wine called Snort. Cuvée Blan
  is aromatic, smooth, and richly fruity. The late harvest vidal, a house specialty, has the aromatic traminette added for extra sp
 han flavor. Like a lighter version of Puligny-Montrachet. Pinot noir: that is vibrant, with fresh raspberry and cherry flavors and
  The wines are elegant and polished despite a warmer, longer growing season than farther north. Viognier is finely fragrant wi
Sauvignon blanc: racy, fresh and lively with firm acidity. Viognier: delicately fruity with white peach and honeysuckle, some mi
an and fresh.
  d wine is the meritage (petit verdot, cabernet franc and merlot) which is firmly structured but elegantly balanced. Touriga is a
ast and oak in the background for complexity. The viognier is richly fruity with tropical fruit and honeysuckle, but acidity to bala
  hints in the more firm, less forward Boxwood. The rosés are light, crisp and dry with lively fruit; there's more tannin in the Box
 efreshing, with good acidity. 2007 cabernet franc: deeply purple and opaque, with black fruits and black pepper on the nose. R
 tyle. The A-6 is a nice blend of stainless/crisp with barrel-fermented character. Rockfish Red is a perfect light red for summerti
 th pear and peach flavors but well-balanced. '08 chambourcin: impressively dark color, nose like sangiovese with spicy black ch
 he wines seem to have a characteristic light freshness. The petit verdot is richly fruity with blackberry flavors but is smooth, cl
 ed bottle age. Cabernet franc is one of the best in the state; rich, ripe fruit but with depth and balance. Petit manseng is a riot
   is racy with high acidity, great length and vibrant citrus fruit. '05 Locksley Reserve (norton blend): spicy, rich nose with plum n
 Palate; essense of plum; layered flavors and textures, fruit-driven, with fine acidity in the finish, fresher than most. Very young
syrah, cabernet franc, and meritage.
 on, and "Popham Run" red Bordeaux blend, as well as "Sweet Virginee" vidal (3%) and a norton-based port. Signature viognier
ond from French oak, but firm acidity, and is impressively Burgundian. The cabernet franc is reliable year to year and has deep
der and apple brandy.
mplexities on the palate but still very firm acidity, lemon/cream flavors and smoky minerality; a superior example of the style. L
 oachable blend of chambourcin and cabernet franc. The Meglio del Sesso is the best chocolate-flavored wine I've ever had, an
 und the country. It is not as sweet or intense as the wines made from artificially frozen grapes, but has a delicate richness of h
  abernet franc is impressive; a fair amount of oak, but with firm fruit and spice in the style of a Rioja reserva. Both petit manse
  ) to the Premium series of vinifera varietals and a sweet rosé, and a reserve series including petit verdot, a late-harvest wine,
yeast components, easy to enjoy on its own but calling for fine seafood to complement. Pinot Gris is richly fruity with good visc
 s; merlot is complex with ripe black fruits, firm tannin and long finish; norton is fruity but dry, with loads of spicy black plum an
 the wine has bright apricot, tangerine and melon aromas. Peach, apple and fresh apricot flavors follow on the palate, with firm
 us and passion fruit flavors, fresh acidity. Hardscrabble chardonnay ’09: very Burgundian; apple and lemon citrus, complex yea

 abernet franc, pinot noir and lemberger.
 le and mango aromas. Palate: dry but fresh and clean with vibrant tropical fruit.
ancs, cabernet franc rosé and a fun Winemaker's Select white—a skillful blend of vidal blanc, chardonnay and traminette that i
  meritage is richly juicy but with firm tannins and just enough oak, while the petit verdot is brooding, smoky, punchy and full o
cellent; also rich in flavor and concentration, but fruit-forward. The 2009 viognier won a silver medal in the Decanter World W
 een apple on the nose. Palate: dry, green apple with a hint of almond in the finish. Most impressive of the vintage dated Virgi
est in the state, and Meritage is dominated by cabernet sauvignon; powerful but elegant. Cabernet franc is consistently fine wi
arden herbs. On the palate, it is tannic, but with ripe, juicy fruit and smooth, rich texture showing stylish elegance. 2008 Rende
 ette and vidal blanc. Varietal reds include: the two cabernets, chambourcin, concord, merlot, norton, pinot noir, and syrah, an
-end blend; and lake country red, a dry, light bodied blend. Dessert wines: proprietary red, white and blush sweet blends and a
t bin #1 (wine club exclusive; cabernet sauvignon, tannat, petit verdot). Vineyard designates: Honah Lee White and Nevaeh Wh
cherry fruit. The Gotterdammerung is seductive, forward and approachable. The syrah has a track record as one of the best in
esh, dry and full-bodied with firm acidity. '07 chardonnay reserve: barrel fermented (10% new oak). Rich, ripe chardonnay fruit
acidity. Reds are subtle and not like the big, ripe, fruity West Coast style, but more like reds from Bordeaux or the Loire Valley.
 h. The Wineworks viognier is aromatic and floral, with no oak, but broad and smooth with floral/peach flavors. Both wines in t
ep, rich but still evolving fruit, smooth texture, long finish, stylish.
acid balance. '06 heritage reserve (100% cabernet sauvignon): red fruits and pencil shavings on the nose (a good thing). On the
 apple and citrus notes. Gewurztraminer has classic lychee and rose petal aromas and flavors with acidity to balance. Caberne
 hint of oak on the texture, but still mostly fruit-driven, nicely balanced. Adagio 2007 (red Bordeaux blend, dominated by petit
 acidity. ’09 riesling/muscat ottonel: decadently fruity yet delicate, with juicy mid-palate peach fruit tapering to a dry, clean finish
d wine called Snort. Cuvée Blanc, a blend of aromatic white varieties, has been a consistent top medal winner; also strong are
 c traminette added for extra spiciness.
 spberry and cherry flavors and zesty acidity, like a fine Mercurey. This is likely the best pinot made so far in Virginia.
 h. Viognier is finely fragrant without being blowsy, and is delicate and fresh. The cabernet franc is ripe yet smoothly drinkable,
 ach and honeysuckle, some mid-palate depth and good acid balance. 2006 Petit Verdot 2009: rich, dark and intriguing, with cr

elegantly balanced. Touriga is a specialty, characteristically bright and spicy.
honeysuckle, but acidity to balance. The Painted White (2010) is a very successful white Rhone blend of viognier, marsanne an
  there's more tannin in the Boxwood.
 nd black pepper on the nose. Rich and smooth with firm tannins, this cabernet franc can stand with many cabernet sauvignon
a perfect light red for summertime to serve slightly chilled, while the Red Clay Vineyard cabernet franc is consistently rich, dark
e sangiovese with spicy black cherry notes, similar flavors.
kberry flavors but is smooth, clean, fresh and brilliant. Jon describes himself as a stylistic traditionalist; “It’s a reflection of our
balance. Petit manseng is a riot of ripe pineapple and mango aromas and flavors but has firm acid to balance the residual sugar
d): spicy, rich nose with plum notes. Palate: fruit and acidity well-balanced with firm structure (17% tannat).
, fresher than most. Very young but deep and rich and pure; needs time but will reward patient cellaring. You can enjoy this fr

 -based port. Signature viognier 2010: Lighter and fresher than most, the bouquet has delicate notes of honeysuckle and peach
able year to year and has deep black cherry flavors with smooth tannins and a hint of chocolate in the finish.

superior example of the style. Le Renard Rouge ’08 Meritage: blind tasted against other gold medal finalists of the 2011 Virgini
 flavored wine I've ever had, and although decadent, the wine is still elegant.
 but has a delicate richness of honeyed apricots associated with botrytis-affected white dessert wines.
Rioja reserva. Both petit mansengs are delightful, with a near-perfect fruit/acid balance and bright tropical fruit.
 tit verdot, a late-harvest wine, syrah and a sparkling wine. Specialties include pinot grigio and sangiovese. Italian varietals show
 ris is richly fruity with good viscocity and spice. Meritage is smooth and elegant with well-integrated fruit, oak and mineral/ear
 ith loads of spicy black plum and mocha on the finish.
 s follow on the palate, with firm, refreshing acidity; more delicate, vibrantly fruit and balanced than most. Mertiage 2009: Con
  and lemon citrus, complex yeast nuances, a hint of oak, long firm finish. Hardscrabble ’09 (red Bordeaux blend): fresh cassis, e




 ardonnay and traminette that is fruity and versatile but has depth. Red include varietal cabernets franc and sauvignon, merlot
  ding, smoky, punchy and full of spicy black fruits. The estate cabernet sauvignon is one of the bestin the state, with finesse an
medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards of 2011, and the 2010 vintage is even better; rich aromas of honeysuckle and passio
ssive of the vintage dated Virginia sparklers tasted blind in Feb. 2011.
 net franc is consistently fine with rich black cherry fruit and smooth tannins. A port-style norton has lovely plum and spice not
ng stylish elegance. 2008 Rendezvous: dark in the glass, with Rhone-like aromas of bacon and black plum, with cassis, cherry an
 orton, pinot noir, and syrah, and a meritage. Rockbridge was a pioneer in the cryo-extraction (artificially frozen) dessert white
 e and blush sweet blends and a semi-sweet varietal la crosse.
onah Lee White and Nevaeh White (mostly viognier), Nevaeh Red (merlot-based blend). Commonwealth Collection: CasaNoVA
 ck record as one of the best in the state. The late harvest alicante bouchet has lots of black fruit and spice elements and smoo
 ak). Rich, ripe chardonnay fruit on the nose. Palate is rich, round and juicy with well-integrated oak. '09 cabernet franc (free-ru
m Bordeaux or the Loire Valley. The viognier is elegantly fruity with white floral aromas and citrus notes. The sauvignon blancs
l/peach flavors. Both wines in the 3 L box give consumers more for the money and stay fresh once opened. M. Shaps chardonn

 he nose (a good thing). On the palate, lots of depth with bright red fruits and fine acidity.
ith acidity to balance. Cabernet franc (packaged in a sloped Loire-style bottle) is consistently fruit-forward yet dry, with black c
aux blend, dominated by petit verdot): attractive, flashy New World style but without heavy oak. Nose has violets, black fruits
uit tapering to a dry, clean finish.
 medal winner; also strong are the viognier, cabernet franc and Meritage.
de so far in Virginia.
 is ripe yet smoothly drinkable, with finesse. (Additional varietals planted in 2011 include vermentino, pinot grigio and vidal bl
ch, dark and intriguing, with crunchy black fruits, smoke and spice, and a long finish. Octagon: much like a Right Bank Bordeau


blend of viognier, marsanne and roussanne, with aromas and flavors of prickly pear and grapeffruit, solid fruit core, lively finish

with many cabernet sauvignons. 2005 nebbiolo: classic rose petal and autumn forest floor aromas. Typical truffle and sour che
t franc is consistently rich, dark and full-bodied. A new innovation is "Union", a three-way blend of petit verdot, cabernet sauv

onalist; “It’s a reflection of our climate and soils.”
 d to balance the residual sugar.
17% tannat).
 cellaring. You can enjoy this from fall 2012 on but it will continue to evolve for five years or more.

otes of honeysuckle and peach, with peach flavors and a lively fresh finish. Norton 2010: Ripe, forward damson plum and spic
in the finish.

edal finalists of the 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition, it stood out for firm structure, finesse and length


ht tropical fruit.
angiovese. Italian varietals show particular promise here.
 ated fruit, oak and mineral/earth elements. Estate reserve is an exciting new addition to the reds; complex red and black fruit

 han most. Mertiage 2009: Consistently one of the top red blends in the state (2007 and 2008 versions took high honors includ
Bordeaux blend): fresh cassis, exotic spice, hints of cedar and red and black fruits, followed by ripe fruits, a plush texture, smo




ts franc and sauvignon, merlot, meritage, and a Winemaker's Select red, a juicy, fruity but dry blend of chambourcin and cabe
estin the state, with finesse and elegance, firm tannins, and cigar box and cedar aromas.
mas of honeysuckle and passion fruit, with ripe peach and passion fruit flavors, but a smooth, deeply layered texture and bala

n has lovely plum and spice notes on the nose, and is juicy, fresh, ripe and clean on the palate; amazingly like a touriga ruby sty
ack plum, with cassis, cherry and anise and pepper spice. On the palate, the fruit is solid, but with a silky texture and perfumed
rtificially frozen) dessert white wine class, theirs called "V d'Or", a blend of four aromatic whites.

nwealth Collection: CasaNoVA and SuperNoVA(red Bordeaux blends based on the selection of the winemakers favorite barre
 and spice elements and smooth tannins making it great with dark chocolate.
oak. '09 cabernet franc (free-run juice): Bright red cherry and raspberry nose. Palate is lively with fresh berry fruit and mineral
s notes. The sauvignon blancs vary with the vintage and from regular to reserve from lemon/herbal mineral notes to passion f
nce opened. M. Shaps chardonnay and viognier are reductive (not fruit-forward) and require a couple of years of bottle age to


it-forward yet dry, with black cherry and hint of black pepper, and never too much oak.
k. Nose has violets, black fruits and mocha hints. On the palate it’s like black velvet; very plush, smooth and ripe with exotic sp
entino, pinot grigio and vidal blanc).
much like a Right Bank Bordeaux chateau from the same vintage; firm red fruits and hints of sage and dried herbs, good integra


 ruit, solid fruit core, lively finish, stylish. The Painted Red (2010) is an eclectic blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, petit

mas. Typical truffle and sour cherry flavors, firm acidity, much like a Nebbiolo d’Alba. *
 of petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon and tannat, which is full-bodied, fruity but with firm tannins.




 orward damson plum and spice on the nose, easy and juicy on the palate but fresh and a bit tart on the finish. Needs another


 esse and length




ds; complex red and black fruits with a hint of smoke and earth.

ersions took high honors including the Governor's Cup award). Though this was a lighter year than 2010, the wine is elegantly
ipe fruits, a plush texture, smooth yet firm tannins and a lingering fresh finish reminiscent of St. Julien; impressive and stylish.




 lend of chambourcin and cabernet franc. The merlot has rich black fruits without too much oak, and the cabernet franc is juicy

 eeply layered texture and balanced acidity. The proprietary red Bordeaux-style Richland reserve “Heritage” is also consistently

 mazingly like a touriga ruby style porto.
 th a silky texture and perfumed nuances, fresh and bright. 2008 Friends and Family: forward aromatics of bright cherry and ca


 the winemakers favorite barrels of Nevaeh Vineyard, Tranquility Vineyard and Mountainview Vineyards).

 h fresh berry fruit and minerality. '09 meritage: nice spicy black currant and loads of other black fruits. The palate is rich and s
erbal mineral notes to passion fruit. Cabernet franc has been a strong suit but petit verdot is taking over, with violet-scented d
ouple of years of bottle age to reach their potential. The chardonnay is made from Dijon clones and native yeast fermented; it




smooth and ripe with exotic spice elements and a mocha finish. Seductive.
e and dried herbs, good integration and finesse, with crisp finish; just coming into its own and will continue to improve for a de


yrah, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and cabernet franc, with intriguing aromas and flavors of spicy black cherry, herbs, cori




t on the finish. Needs another year but lively and clean.




an 2010, the wine is elegantly fruity with refreshing acidity. Aromas and flavors of delicate red and black fruits are backed by
. Julien; impressive and stylish. *
             2009 Reserve Chardonnay won the 2011 Governor's Cup (white) and is a chardonnay everyone can enjoy. A rich no


, and the cabernet franc is juicy and quaffable, bursting with red and black cherry. The mertiage, though young and closed, is i

e “Heritage” is also consistently fine.


omatics of bright cherry and cassis. Light and fresh, the fruit is well-integrated but has an elegance seldom found in this lighter




k fruits. The palate is rich and smooth; the wine nuanced, juicy and sexy.
ing over, with violet-scented damson plum and smooth, juicy tannins. The sparkling wines are excellent and dry, while the Oth
and native yeast fermented; it is complex and multi-dimensional. The cabernet franc is full-bodied with more oak than usual,
will continue to improve for a decade. *


 f spicy black cherry, herbs, coriander and plum marmelade. On the palate, forward fruitiness but with fine acidity. Elegant and




and black fruits are backed by firm but gentle tannins, with spice and dried cherry notes. Fairly priced for the quality and much

y everyone can enjoy. A rich nose with ripe pear, yeast and oak notes is followed by a richly supple palate that ends surprisingl


 , though young and closed, is impressively complex and elegant and will reward patient cellaring.




nce seldom found in this lighter style. 2009 RdV: Aromas of cigar box, cedar and smoke. The palate is still dumb but with wond




 xcellent and dry, while the Othello is truly in the classic porto style of bright red fruits and spice.
ied with more oak than usual, but was made for aging and is well-balanced and stylish. The petit verdot is like a Gran Reserva
ut with fine acidity. Elegant and unique.




priced for the quality and much like a fine St. Emilion in style, this vintage has no cabernet sauvignon for a change. Petit Verdo

ple palate that ends surprisingly fresh and clean. Very well-balanced and stylish.




ate is still dumb but with wonderfully smooth silky texture and a fresh, claret-like finish. 2009 Rendezvous: A nose dominated
t verdot is like a Gran Reserva Rioja; extended time in oak tames the ample fruit and tannin, adding spice and finesse.
gnon for a change. Petit Verdot 2009: High quality but only nuanced flavors and aromas now, needs time. Hints of damson plu




endezvous: A nose dominated by ripe red and black briar fruits. On the palate, the wine is a bit punchy and spicy at first, with
ding spice and finesse.
eeds time. Hints of damson plum and sage on the nose, smooth mid-palate followed by firm acids on the finish. Will reward p




punchy and spicy at first, with lots of pepper, oak and spice (65% new oak) over the fruit, but with a smooth, rich velvety finish
ids on the finish. Will reward patient cellaring for at least 3 more years.




ith a smooth, rich velvety finish. Young but promising and styl

								
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