Whites | Rosé | Sparkling
"I find the 2015 Chardonnay to be charming, tasting of Honey Crisp apples. The 2016 Viognier, made from grapes from Upper Shirley, is a honeysuckle and white peach delight. The 2016 Rosé is pomegranate dry and a great food wine.”
--Jim Raper, The Virginian-Pilot
Something old, something new, and something, well, a bit wild. Master vintner Michael Shaps and owner Tayloe Dameron let their taste buds tinkle the pines with this aromatic white blend, trying out a variety of compositions before agreeing on a melodious blend of Chardonnay (classic), Petit Manseng (thick skinned from the wilds of Western France) and Traminette (an international hybrid and Indiana’s state grape) with a touch of estate Viognier. The result is a fruit forward, off-dry wine that is eminently approachable and perfect for a casual cocktail. Fermented in-tank with a portion in neutral barrel, our white blend tastes of flowers and juicy orchard fruit, an ideal compliment to the spring bloom or a tasteful reminder during the cooler seasons of the warm weather to come.
12.3% ABV. $22.00.
Our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is intentionally grown in a manner to promote crisp fruit and "shaded" mineral acids on the palate. Fermented dry in stainless steel tanks, this wine—while subtle when young—shows its varietal character both aromatically and texturally with some bottle age. Tank fermentation combined with a small percentage aged in neutral oak makes for a wine that is clean and precise, refreshing and complimentary to lighter dishes.
12.9% ABV. $27.00.
Chardonnay gets presented in one of the widest ranges of varietal wine you can find. But when it comes to crafting the perfect Virginia iteration of this most classic Burgundy grape, we have a bit of an edge. Our winemaker, Michael Shaps—the most decorated winemaker in Virginia—learned his craft in Burgundy, where he still makes Chardonnay at his French estate.
Harvested at the optimal ripeness on our Hon lee property in Gordonsville, our 2015 edition is light, crisp, and fruity, with the lush volume on the palate that Chardonnay is famous for. Barrel fermented, aged in 10% new French oak for eight months, it retains its fruit with balanced acidity and a smooth aftertaste with just a hint of crisp, refreshing dryness.
13.1% ABV. $24.00.
Our Rosé is made from a field blend of French grape varieties fermented together in tank. The result is a wine with a delicate shade of pink, aromas of tree blossoms, strawberries, and fresh berry flavors framed by mouthwatering natural acidity. This dry Rosé is a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc blend. Dry Rosé is as versatile as any wine on the table, and we keep a bottle on hand for all occasions, year round.
12.9% ABV. $26.00.
Viognier (pronounce “Vyon yay”), the official grape of Virginia, is known for its big perfume aromatics and its childish reluctance to behave in the vineyard, a behavior so poor that this grape was once threatened with extinction. But it's worth the trouble—this low-yield, temperamental varietal is exceedingly tasty and our most popular wine, so much so that we recently added more Viognier vines, bringing our property total to 4,500. We're proud to grow some of the best Viognier in the state, and treat it with the delicacy it deserves, soaking the crushed grapes on their skins before giving the juice a long, cool fermentation in stainless tanks. The wine emerges fresh and lively, full of peach and stone fruit flavors, with a richness our state grape is known for.
-Jack Berninger, R T-D
13.8% ABV. $26.00.
Even our taste buds appreciate a relaxing bubble bath every once in a while—our Sparking Rosé Italian field blend is crisp, clean and effervescent, allowing you to whet your pallet with a wine that's dry and pleasantly tart, with a soothing aftertaste that renews as each bubble evaporates.
“A bubbly bonanza, this bone-dry, crisp sangiovese-based blend with tart acidity is a good way to complement appetizers or relax with while reading a good book.” –Jack Berninger, Richmond Times-Dispatch
13% ABV. $34.00.
“Estate reds that you shouldn’t miss include the 2015 Merlot, 2015 Petit Verdot and 2014 Tannat. Those last two are southwestern French grapes that are making names for themselves in Virginia. Both make wines that typically are rich and dark, and the Upper Shirley bottles are duly dense, with blackberry and licorice flavors.”
--Jim Raper, The Virginian-Pilot
Our off-dry red blend is fruit forward with soft tannins to match its hint of sweetness. Approachable by design, #1 Red is intended to be the backbone of every cocktail hour. A delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chambourcin, this wine is a perennial favorite.
A versatile red, it can be chilled in the heat of the summer and holds its own with everything from barbecue to jambalaya. This is one to keep on hand for every occasion.
12.5% ABV. $22.00.
"The Zachariah is named in honor of my father, Big Zach, who departed this world in 2016. Like him, this blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Petit Verdot, and 8% Tannat embodies confidence and grace. Big Zach had a booming voice and a great sense of humor; I feel some of that when I sip his namesake wine. Richness and ripe tannins, rounded by 18 months in a barrel, frame nuanced aromatics and layered flavors. While enjoyable now, this wine will continue to improve and reach its peak five to ten years from vintage. ” -Tayloe Dameron, Owner
13.1% ABV. $40.00.
We capture the wildness inherent in Petit Verdot with a long maceration on skin and an oak profile split between French and American barrels to tame its rustic edges. The dense fruit shows itself as brambly jam, smoky chocolate, and briar. Wild game and rich, slow cooked meats pair well with this age-worthy wine. 19 months in barrel, true to varietal and eminently ageable.
The Petit Verdot was our first ever estate harvest, and didn't come to be without a few pre-harvest scares. In the spring of 2015, we had to hover helicopters over the vines to prevent them from freezing during a cold stretch. We’ll go to great lengths to protect Virginia’s finest.
13.5% ABV. $32.00.
This lesser known red grape, a Southern France native, is relatively new to Virginia, and is already schooling the established cool kid Virginia grapes in terms of flavor, depth and notable French artist mystique. Not only does it thrive in the heat and humidity, it's now producing some of the most inky and elegant wines in the state. We employ extended maceration to our harvest, aged 17 months, half in new French Oak. The result a tall, dark and handsome fella with a dark and brooding temperament. It has soft tannins, great volume and nice length. Lay it down in the cellar for or drink it now – it pairs beautifully with any kind of meat.
13.8% ABV. $40.00.
Our first Merlot estate release is about raspberry and currant, framed by mature tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Aged for 18 months in oak, this wine has structure and concentrated red fruit notes that are complimented by richness and length on the palate. In a classic Bordeaux style this wine is nicely ageable. Please delete the movie ‘Sideways’ from your DVR.
13.5% ABV. $37.00.
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