Category Archives: Tasting Notes

Church Creek Chardonnay Steel 2012 Produced by Chatham Vineyards

When little to no oak aging occurs, (as in this “steel” version) Chardonnay leans to be more crisp and fresh. Winemakers say it is much harder to hide a flaw in an unoaked Chardonnay because the truth is there for … Continue reading

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August 2013 Sweet Wine Selection – Barboursville Vineyards Phileo N.V.

Founded in the year of our nation’s bicentennial, Barboursville Vineyards has established itself as one of the Commonwealth’s best.  Awarded the 2013 Governor’s Cup for its Octagon blend, Winemaker Luca Pashina and wine grower Fernado Franco continue their rich tradition … Continue reading

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The Hague Winery 2011 Chardonel

Chardonel (Plant patent 7860) was originally created at Cornell University in 1953.  Over the years this relatively cold hearty grape has proven to be a winner across the northern states (including Michigan and Ohio) but really thrives in longer growing … Continue reading

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Hume Vineyards 2011 Merlot

Known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal, the Merlot grape traces its ancestry to the biturica variety in the first century. The “Merlot” grape was not named as a distinct variety until the 1800s. Merlot tends to be more tolerant of … Continue reading

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Burnely Vineyards 2012 Virginia Riesling

Located in the Monticello Appellation just off of Route 20 between Charlottesville and the wineries of Orange County, Burnley Vineyards is a family operation with deep roots in the Virginia wine industry.  Founded in 1976, Burnley is one of the … Continue reading

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Boneyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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 … Continue reading

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Boneyard Red 2011

Many Virginia winemakers know winemaking in not only both an art and a science; it is also about the art of the possible.  It is a matter of balancing what the fruit gives you and how you can balance that … Continue reading

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Boneyard White 2011

In launching a new wine label, Tarara Winery looked to their “Boneyard” for inspiration.  The Boneyard is the field where old equipment goes to sit (and be used for spare parts).  In developing the inaugural Boneyard White blend Winemaker Jordan … Continue reading

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July Sweet Wine Selection Stone Mountain Vineyards Bacon Hollow Revenuers’ Select

Located in an area of Greene County long known for moonshine “We pump the sunshine in and the moonshine out” according to local lore; Stone Mountain Vineyards created this wine as a tribute to the moonshiners and the revenuers who … Continue reading

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Prince Michel Vineyards NV Merlot-Cabernet Reserve

With advancements in technology, enology is quite the science but it is in the blending of wines that winemakers express the art of the profession.  This is clearly the case in the Merlot Cabernet blend from Prince Michel.  By blending … Continue reading

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