1. Vintner’s Reserve, Doukenie Winery
Cozy up to the fire with a classic Bordeaux-style wine. This medium-bodied harmonious blend of cherry, oak, chocolate, tobacco, with subtle hints of vanilla provide a silky mouthfeel with gentle tannins, and a long finish. This excellent wine will pair beautifully with aromatic roasts of veal, lamb, pork, or beef.
2. Bloodstone, Hillsborough Vineyards
Bloodstone is a bold, full bodied, red wine with a complex flavor of white pepper, violet, mango, and black truffles. Textured tannins and a balanced structure make for a perfect complement to beef, lamb, and duck. The Bloodstone is the traditional stone for courage and wisdom.
3. Abbinato, Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery
A Chianti-style blend, easy to drink light bodied with a soft tannic structure. It is a modern style light wine, with fruit and vanilla flavors. Perfect to serve with your favorite Italian meal, barbecued chicken and tomato-based meals. Good pizza wine too!
4. Roseland, King Family Vineyards
A refreshing blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Petit Manseng, this wine is named after the home of King Family Vineyards: Roseland Farm. The nose opens with notes of fresh peach, flinty lemon, and green apple. A soft attack and a rounded mouthfeel convey flavors of citrus and rose flowers. Aged in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel.
5. Church Creek Chardonnay – Oak Blend, Chatham Vineyards
A well-integrated Chardonnay fermented and aged both in French and Virginia oak for nine months. The result is a pleasing combination of ripe pear and apple with rich notes of vanilla balanced acidity. Pairs well with poultry, pork, salmon, shellfish, and cream-based sauces and pastas.
6. Le Gras Cuve, Grace Estate Winery
This is an elegand blend of Vidal Blanc and Petit Manseng. Aged 100% in stainless steel bringing out nice acidity, giving off bright orange blossom and honey tones with a hint of hay for a lighter body weight.
7. Furnace Mountain Red Reserve, 8 Chains North Winery
A blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot from their Furnace Mountain vineyard, and Cabernet Sauvignon from their Tranquility vineyard. Aged 10 months as individual varietals and 12 additional months as a blend in both American and French barrels. This Bordeaux-inspired blend is unfined and unfiltered. A big wine with broad shoulders, big fruit, supple tannins and driving acidity.
8. Meritage, New Kent Winery
Small lots selected from their Virginia vineyard were fermented separately and made to their best potential. Laborious hours blending these selections (someone has to do it) revealed the exact quantities needed of each to make this evolved jewel.
9. Black Rock Chardonnay Reserve, Wintergreen Winery
This 100% Chardonnay exhibits bold ripe fruit notes of pear and apple with a touch of lemon. Barrel aged ten months for subtle oak that lends rich buttery suppleness. Pairs well with cream sauces, poultry and seafood – especially oysters, crab cakes or scallops. Best served slightly chilled.
10. White Nights, Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
Aromatic white blend of chardonnay and riesling, with honey overtones, lemon/lime flavors and a brisk acidic finish.
11. Old Rag Red, Sharp Rock Vineyards
A wine that pays tribute to their mountain neighbor Old Rag, this is a smooth blend of three Bordeaux reds with rich flavors of oak and cherry. Pairs well with robust cheeses, meats, and their venison sausage.
12. Meritage, Pollak Vineyards
Produced in a Bordeaux style, this wine presents a full bodied, opulent feel in the mouth with silky tannins and sound acidity to frame blackcurrant, black cherry and leather flavors. This wine is impeccably balanced and leaves a mouthwatering finish. It is approachable now, but will gain complexity with additional aging in your cellar.
13. Grand Cru Olivier, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
The Grand Cru Olivier has a nose of bright cherry and cranberry notes dominate the nose, with a touch of soft toast and vanilla. The taste of good ripe tannins add structure and balance to the mix of cherry and raspberry flavors. The wine has great length and mid-palate intensity that will allow it to age nicely for 5-7 years. It pairs well with heavier meats and game.
14. Red Table Wine, Flying Fox Vineyard
They produce this Red Table Wine from a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soft and smooth, this wine is semi-dry. Serve it hot and mulled in the winter, or chilled in the summer.
15. Nebbiolo Reserve, Barboursville Vineyards
The pre-eminent wine of Italy, and possibly of all red wine, Nebbiolo has distinguished itself as one of the leading varietals since their first vintage, 1998. Their style is inspired by Barbaresco in cultivation and aging, and the wine unfolds in bottle at the stately pace for which it is so greatly appreciated by connoisseurs, for the most savory pairings of meats and game.
16. Red Star™, Veritas Winery
Red Star™ is one of the most palate-friendly and popular wines we have 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.
17. Merlot, Lost Creek Winery
100% Virginia Merlot barrel aged for 18 months in French Oak. Blend of Lost Creek Estate Vineyard and Monticello AVA fruit. Supple entry with soft tannins, hints of pepper & oak, a persistent yet elegant structure & lengthy finish.
18. Eluvium, Early Mountain Vineyards
In Eluvium, the Cab Sauv provides focused fruit and acid, the Merlot richness and the Cab Franc structure and length. Notes of Chocolate, fruit parfait and pine resin. A medium body finishing with moderate tannin.
19. Chardonnay, Holly Grove Vineyards
The 2009 vintage is barrel fermented Chardonnay Wine aged for over nine months in a combination of the finest French Oak puncheons. Whole Cluster pressed and Barrel Fermented aged sur lie in French Oak 500 liter casks for nine months. The result is a fruit forward wine expressing lush tropical flavors with a nuance of rich vanilla. Great paired with seafood in white sauce, grilled fish, chicken and pork. Great with crab cakes and lobster with drawn butter!
20. Chambourcin, Keswick Vineyards
This wine has good acidity upon entry into the mouth. The wine shows a lot of dark fruit characteristics, noticeably plum and blueberry. There is a lot of spice on the palate, held together by smoky, meaty tones derived from the Hungarian oak barrels. The tannins are quite firm at this point, but do not suppress the fruit at all. There is great balance in this wine at such a young stage. This wine has the potential to drink well beyond 5 years after bottling.
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