10 Central Virginia Reds To Try This Fall


10. Meritage, First Colony Winery

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1650 Harris Creek Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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A light-bodied red with a complex bouquet of vanilla, tobacco, cherry, and plum jam and flavors of strawberry and cassis with a slightly smoky finish. Pairs well with grilled hamburgers, barbecue, or pasta with tomato sauce.

2. Pinot Noir, Afton Mountain Vineyards


234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920
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A delicate Burgundy-style wine, this Pinot Noir includes fruit from vines originally planted in 1978.

3. Red Star, Veritas Winery

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151 Veritas Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920
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Red Star™ is one of the most palate-friendly and popular wines Veritas has created at Veritas in recent years. The Red Star™ is light bodied and aromatic, practically jumping out of the glass with ripe fruit tones. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chambourcin create a myriad of red fruits such as cherry, raspberry, and red currant. Red Star™ is a perfect red wine to pair with red meats, game birds or simply hamburgers and barbeque.

4. Meritage, King Family Vineyards


6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Virginia 22932
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The 2007 vintage of our Meritage will be remembered among King Family’s best; its taste tells its tale. Winner of the 2010 Governor’s Cup, this vintage has rich, dark fruit with a hint of toast. This blend has firm structure, balanced tannins, and a smooth finish.

5. Cabernet Franc, Reynard Florence


16109 Burnley Road, Barboursville, 22923
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Fast becoming a Virginia classic, this wine opens with bright red cherry, has an expansive fig toned mid-palate, and a memorable finish with hints of chocolate and sweet spice.

6. Merlot, Flying Fox Vineyard

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27 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
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This is a Bordeaux-style Merlot, bold with robust tannins. Plum, cherries and a hint of mocha on the palate. Enjoy now or cellar to drink later.

7. Pinotage, Lovingston Winery


885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 22949
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The 2012 lives up to previous years with a fresh, bright, fruit-driven nose that follows through on the palate, combining with a slight earthiness and balanced acidity. Lovely with poultry, game, and meaty fish dishes.

8. Durant Red, Pollak Vineyards


330 Newtown Road, Greenwood, VA 22943
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This wine is designed to be lighter in body but still with plenty of juicy red berry personality. Soft tannins intertwine with lush fruit on the palate, reminiscent of a Cote du Rhone.

9. Coopertage, Cooper Vineyards


13372 Shannon Hill Rd, Louisa, Virginia 23093
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A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Petit Verdot, 10.5% Merlot and 10.5% Cabernet Franc, this continues a tradition of making a big, Bordeaux-styled wine with well integrated tannins and layers of fruit flavors. Although it is a big, red wine, it drinks well by itself and with all kinds of food, not just the traditional beef and game. Enjoy it now, or cellar for enjoyment later.

10. Twang, Mountfair Vineyards


4875 Fox Mountain Rd, Crozet, Virginia 22932
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The 2012 Twang has an approachable nose of raspberries and plum, rounded out by an understated pecan finish.

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