Rapidan River, a secondary label for Prince Michel Vineyards, has a little known but rich history. The house on the original Rapidan property was used as a civil war hospital; cannonballs and personal artifacts were routinely discovered as the vineyard was originally planted. Many years ago, when Winemaker Brad Hansen and his family lived in the house they reported several unusual, perhaps paranormal, experiences.
The Rapidan River Blackberry wine presents as a medium dark hue in the glass. The nose is filed with ripe summer strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. The soft attack has a nice balance with strong grape jam undertones. The midpalate is filled with blackberry and spice. The finish is delightfully brief that lingers slightly like the last of homemade blackberry jam in a mason jar.
Excellent as an aperitif, this wine pairs exceedingly well with cheesecake and other equally decadent desserts.