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Gold Medal Winner 2018, Silver Medal Winner 2017, Virginia Governor's Cup. 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. $50.00.
“Black cherry and plum abound in this rich, smooth and long-lasting Governor’s Cup gold medalist. Perfect complement to a meat dish.” -Jack Berninger, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Gold Medal Winner 2017, Virginia Governor's Cup (2014 Vintage). Named for Tayloe Dameron’s grandfather father, and brother, this Bordeaux style blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Petit Verdot, 8% Tannat embodies confidence and grace. Nuanced aromatics and layered flavors of black cherry and spice. Framed by richness and rip tannins, rounded by 18 months in barrel. While enjoyable now, this wine will continue to improve and reach its peak five to ten years from vintage. 13.1% ABV.
"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.” -Tayloe Dameron, Owner
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.
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.