All winemakers know that farming is at the heart of all wine growing. You are always at the mercy of Mother Nature.
2011 was a bit of a challenge for winegrowing but as this wine shows vineyard management can make a difference in the bottle.
The grapes are 100% from Tranquility Vineyard in Purcellville. Lower than average yields produced longer hang times on this fruit than anything else. The result is a medium bodied Cabernet that is loaded with character.
Looking in the glass the color fills the glass from rim to rim with a dark ruby hue. The red fruit filled aroma exudes baked cherries and a touch of pie crust. The attack is balanced with plum and coffee undertones.
The well structured midpalate is supported by smooth tannins with an undercurrent of Black Currant and licorice. The finish lingers on the rear of the palate highlighting a touch of mint.
In selecting pairings for this wine, I lean toward seasoned beef and lamb; perhaps even an elegant standing rib roast. The well-structured body and expansive midpalate will stand up well to most peppercorn or béarnaise sauces.
Drinking well know, I tend to think this wine will increase in complexity over time. Proper cellaring will reward the patient club member with an increase in depth and breadth of the midpalate.
DRINK NOW OR HOLD – WINTER 2017