1. 2012 Tocai Friulano Proprietor’s Special Reserve, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook, New York
Inviting aromas of lemon, kiwi and pear with provocative flavors that hint of mandarin orange. A well-balanced acidity is complimented with a supple mouth feel and clean finish.
2. KB 511, Arrington Vineyards, Arrington, Tennessee
This is the 5th Edition of Kix Brooks’ very own private reserve. They sourced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for the KB 511 Reserve from vineyards in Napa Valley, CA and the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Made from their best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, this special reserve is loaded with complex aromas of cedar, cocoa and blackberry followed by cherry and black currant flavors.
3. 2012 Harford Blush, Harford Vineyard and Winery, Forest Hill, Maryland
This is a vibrant, fun-spirited semi-sweet wine with dark Cherry, Strawberry, toasted almond and a light tropical finish. It has a nose full of minerals and stone fruit, followed by tropical notes.
4. 2012 Merlot, Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, Virginia
The Merlot grape is low in tannins and makes wine that matures faster and is softer in texture. Select Merlots have long aging potential, but most are ready to consume in 4 to 8 years. Theirs is aged in American oak for eighteen months and is well-balanced, with a rich and silky texture, big cherry nose and round tannins – ready for your finest meal or favorite guests. A medium-bodied wine, it really shines when paired with game birds, veal, lamb or pork. It is perfect for just sipping, too.
5. Poseidon’s Red, Mermaid Winery, Norfolk, Virginia
Deep garnet color, roasted nuts, herb, spice, and baked berry aromas. A round supple entry leads to a dryish medium body with dark berry flavors. Poseidon’s Blend is represented by Pinotage, Syrah and Tannat.
6. Octagon 2010, Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, Virginia
Fine garnet color with very forthcoming aromas of lush, fresh fruit, emphasizing ripened cherry, with well balanced secondary berry aromas and flavors, still very youthful. A vintage favoring elegance over density, as in Octagon IV (1999), the wine benefits from a period of decanting before serving and opens with great warmth, showing fine age worthiness.
7. Norton, Byrd Cellars, Goochland, Virginia
This 100% grape varietal is also the state grape of both Missouri and Arkansas and should be the state grape of Virginia! Byrd grows 4 acres of Norton grapevines following organic methodologies and no pesticides or artificial fertilizers. It has been produced in an off-dry fashion. Loaded with flavors of black cherry.
8. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton, Virginia
Aged 13 months in 1-4 year old oak barrels for complexity, this Cabernet has a great tannin structure rich with blackberry and cherry flavors to give it that big mouth feel.
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