Rosemont of Virginia Lake County Red (non-vintage)

Over the years, non vintage wines seem to have received an unfair rap against them.  It is a little known fact than many non vintage wines have exclusively one vintage in them. A winery may choose to label a wine non vintage to ensure they have enough wine to meet the market demands, if that means reaching back a vintage to create the best blend, so be it.

Rosemont of Virginia’s Lake Country Red fills the glass with deep dark ruby color from rim to rim.  The nose is filled with bright red cherry and licorice hinting at the cornucopia of flavors ahead.

The fruit forward attack includes strawberry, baked cherry raspberry and plum.  The midpalate expands with additional dark stone fruit and a silky mouthfeel.  The smooth tannins on the finish are highlighted with bing cherry and tobacco notes.  The finish lingers on the rear of the palate like a good friend after a nice summer meal on the deck.

This versatile wine would pair exceedingly well with a standing rib roast, an Italian sausage sandwich or eggplant parmesan.  Much more than just a pizza and spaghetti red, I would not fear to pair with the heartiest of dishes.

Unlike the Pinot Grigio, I believe this wine will increase in complexity over the next eight months with proper cellaring. While my recommendation is to drink now or hold, know that patience in this case, will be rewarded.

DRINK NOW-FEBRUARY 2014

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