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We are thrilled to announce that six of our world-class wines have been recognized by the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup! Each year, the Virginia Wineries Association partners with the Virginia Wine Board & Virginia Vineyards Association to host one of the most competitive and well-respected wine competitions in the nation. We are honored to receive four gold medals and two silver medals from the prestigious contest. The competition is led by the Judging Director Jay Youmans who is one of only forty-five Masters of Wine in the United States. In addition, he is the owner of Capital Wine School and Rock Creek Wine Merchants. Youmans oversees an elite group of twelve experienced judges who carefully score each wine entry. This year, the Virginia Governor’s Cup received over 440 entries from a hundred Virginia wineries. The esteemed judging panel rates each wine based on its appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality, and commercial suitability. Each wine’s average score determines if it qualifies for a metal. We are proud to say that some of our wines landed among the top scorers.

Our Gold Medal Winners:

Viognier 2016
On the Nose:  light nose, wet asphalt, granite, lemongrass, pear
On the Palate:  nectarine, floral, lilac, apricot
On the Finish:  light minerality, pear

Merlot Reserve 2015
On the Nose: Chocolate, caramel, black peppercorn, rose petal
On the Palate: Plum, pomegranate seed, roasted coffee
On the Finish: Medium tannin, light to medium acid

Vintner’s Meritage Reserve 2013
On the Nose: old book, wet flint, leather, currant
On the Palate: angular, currant, blackberry, hazelnut, tobacco
On the Finish: Medium oak, medium plus tannin, acid

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
On the Nose:  black cherry, juniper, coffee, smoke
On the Palate:  blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, dark fruit jam
On the Finish:  tobacco, black pepper, mocha, smoke

 

Our Silver Medal Winners:

Petit Verdot 2015
On the Nose: Plum, black licorice, anise, and sage
On the Palate: Prune, black currant, charcoal
On the Finish: Fine tannins and granite

Chardonnay Reserve 2016
On the Nose: honeydew, lemongrass, orange peel
On the Palate: honeydew, Meyer lemon, oak, brioche, crème brûlée and caramel
On the Finish: medium oak, light to medium acidity, clean lingering finish

 

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