The third Magnum of my Barboursville vertical was well worth the wait. After breaking the wet cork the bottom half fell into the bottle, that was the only negative. In the glass this 10 year old showed bits of floating cork, semi opaque red to dark red color. On the nose- tobacco, leather, ripe plum, licorice and a whiff of alcohol. On the palate it gives off a mature palate of secondary flavors already mentioned, some well integrated tannins, cassis and dark blueberry compote. Delicious, aged correctly and offering a mix of fruit and tertiary flavors. There is a nice acidity, not overbearing but just ever so present on the long finish. Nice mouthfeel, good structure and juicy fruitiness makes this a 91 point wine. Available at the winery for $180 in large format, it has paid dividends. 5 stars for yet another example of great Virginian Cabernet Franc. Drink till 2025. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass. The nose is very floral with strong peach and apricot notes. I also get walnut shells. On the palate this wine is very sweet- but not unctuous like a Sauternes. It’s got a silky mouthfeel but is quite refreshing as a chilled wine. Mango, passion fruit and peach all hit my tastebuds. There’s a very small trace of acidity which lends body to the mid palate. It’s a unique wine for sure- a cross between Riesling, a big Napa Chard, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Grigio. Each of which give either to the flavors or the unique mouthfeel. Lychees and tropical fruits are the finish, which is decent in length on this Moscato blend. They say to pair this with dessert- without a doubt. It’s working as an aperitif for me though. Unique style, interesting flavors and the ability to start or finish an evening make this a special wine. I love this winery and think this is a bottle you should look for. 89 points and 5 stars for this $15 treat. Salut….
Golden brown in the glass, appropriate for a 13 year old. On the nose it has hazelnut, honey, orange peel, quince and Marmalade. The palate is quite tart with orange reduction, more honey, nuts, nutmeg and Cointreau. It’s nicely balanced with acidity, fruit, unctuous mouthfeel and loads of orange Marmalade. The thickness of the wine is really delicious, it gives warmth and body to the elixir. The mid palate concentrates on the oranges, with the sweetness of honey and apricots. The finish is medium in length but full on with more oranges, sweet syrup and some tart acidity that balances out the sugars. 91 points. Drink now till 2030. Delicious, a real treat after all these years in the cellar. Newer vintages can be had for $35 per half bottle. 5 stars. Salut….
In Magnum, I was hoping for a repeat of last years tasting of the 2008 Cab Franc. Dark purple, medium opacity. Nose is exquisite- plum reduction, oaky warmth, tobacco and leather. On the palate it shows purple framboise, some cassis, more tobacco and that delicious tertiary note of leather. The midpalate has a touch of tart cranberry compote alongside the flavors already noted. The finish is medium length, fresh and a touch tannic. This wine is at peak now. Drink till 2023. 91 points and 4 stars. Available from the winery as part of their library collection for $180, or $60 for a regular 750 mill- wow. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass, I was expecting a more honeyed glint. On the nose it’s very refreshing with a peach hint, some beeswax and papaya. I’m excited! On the palate it is super delicious- crisp, clean with just a hint of acidity let the flavors of peach stone, nectarine and pink grapefruit really shine. The mid palate allows the gentle acidity some room to refresh the palate. The finish is medium in length with a great mouthfeel that balances freshness with a touch of flab that just tastes and feels right. This is a rather nice bottle- Virginia really does great Viognier and Barboursville perfects it. 91 points and 5 stars for this $22 charmer. Drink till 2027 with grilled fish, chicken kebabs or raw clams. Salut….