The Williamsburg Winery 2010 Lord Botetourt Virginia Red

Whether constructing a task force in the office, a baseball team, a choir, or a blended wine, 2010_LBR-276x300there are two primary questions: is the combination greater than the sum of the parts and, perhaps more importantly how will these components work together over time?

The 2010 Lord Botetourt Red from The Williamsburg Winery passes both of these tests with flying colors.

Named for the generous British Governor who presided over Virginia from 1768 until his death in 1770, Lord Botetaurt also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for The College of William and Mary (He is entombed in the crypt under the Chapel of the Wren Building).

A Petit Verdot dominated blend (51%) this wine also includes Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (16%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (13%). The majority Petet Verdot provides the wine deep dark, almost opaque color as well as a tannic structure that can best be described as “chewy”.  The nose is subdued but includes undercurrents of dark fruit.

The attack is equally muted but silky smooth tannins dominate leading to a midpalate of cascading flavors: blueberry, black cherry, coca and raspberry.  The long finish is memorable filled with coffee and hazel nuts.

Pair with braised beef and lamb.  Aged in American, French and Hungarian oak this wine will age well.


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