Nov 24 2014

November 2014 Virginia Wine Chat w/ Fabbioli Cellars

Fabbioli Cellars VA Wine Chat

It’s that time again – time for Virginia Wine Chat. This month our host, Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like, made his way up to Fabbioli Cellars in the Loudon County area to chat with Doug Fabbioli about winemaking, the wines we were tasting, and Virginia Wine as a whole. I’ve embedded the video from Thursday below (since Frank remembered to record this month), or you can visit the Virginia Wine Chat Ustream Channel and check it out for yourself.

But, let’s look at the wines.

2012 Cabernet Franc – $24

First up was the 2012 Cabernet Franc, a blend of 80% Cab Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Tannat. In the glass this wine was a light, garnet color, and on the nose I picked up bright red fruit notes that eventually led into a woodsy note that was quite nice.

In the mouth the wine was tart, with notes of cranberry, black tea and oak. My wife and I actually opened up this wine a bit before the kickoff of the Virginia Wine Chat event since Thursday was my birthday and I decided I wanted wine with my steak and couldn’t see it to open another bottle before the tasting – it was quite tasty with the herby marinade that went onto my steak.

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Nov 17 2014

2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Variety:  Gamay
Region:  Beaujolais, France
Cost:  $11 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes:  The wine’s colors are a lovely purple-red, with dark, violet hues. The aromas are filled with wild strawberries, red currants, and exquisite scents of raspberries. On the palate, the wine is delicate, full-bodied, and delightfully rich. Pairs beautifully with a range of foods, from casual dishes to holiday specialities like turkey and ham.

My Review:  It’s almost upon us – Beaujolais Day. The third Thursday of November is set aside to welcome the first release of the year, which this year just so happens to fall on my birthday (November 20). So, in anticipation of the day, here’s a preview of the new relelease of Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf.

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Nov 13 2014

2007 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco

2007 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco

Variety:  100% Sagrantino
Region:  Umbria – Italy
Cost:  $40-$45 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes:  Intense color with garnet hues. The aroma is complex, elegant, with intense fruit and notes of small red fruits, red citrus, ripe plums, spice, and hints of herbs and leather. The flavor is immense, fatty, tannic, but balanced, with fresh acidity; long fruity and spicy finish. Pairs perfect with roasted meat, grilled meat, and game. Pairs well also with aged cheeses, both spicy and herbal.

My Review:  I’ll admit to having been excited when this wine showed up. Not only has Italy always had a soft-spot in my heart when it comes to wine, but it was a chance for me to a grape that was new to me – Sagrantino.

I’ll admit to not knowing much about the grape, but a little research revealed that while originally used to make dessert wines, since the 70s it’s been used to make dry red wines more in line for consuming with dinner than afterwards. There, your history lesson for the day – now on to this particular wine.

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Nov 11 2014

2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black

2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black

Varietal: Petite Sirah Based Blend
Region:  Lodi, California – USA
Cost:  $12 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes:  True to its name, Gnarly Head Authentic Black opens with brooding aromas of black cherry and black licorice providing a powerful entree’ to this big, robust Petite Sirah-based blend. Dark and inky in the glass, concentrated flavors of blackberry and plum are framed by hints of dark chocolate on the finish. Styled to stand up to the season’s heartiest dishes, boldly pair this full-bodied wine with venison chili, meat lovers pizza, or a grilled rib eye steak.

My Review:  It seems like this time of year a bunch of wineries suddenly release a “Dark” or “Black” wine – a bolder wine than they usually make with the idea of pairing it with the heavier foods we all tend to consume this time of year as the temperature drops. While I appreciate that they reserve these wines for when they are more seasonbly appropriate, I’m curious if there’s not a market for them year round – I certainly eat steak, meat lovers pizza, and even some stews year round.

The economics of the wine not withstanding, here’s what I actually thought of it.

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Nov 05 2014

October 2014 Virginia Wine Chat

October 2014 Virginia Wine Chat Lineup

Just in time for Halloween was this month’s Virginia Wine Chat. This month we took a trip down the Colonial Wine Trail, with wines from Williamsburg Winery, New Kent Winery, James River Cellars, and Saude Creek. As has been the trend lately, there was a great discussion. Normally I embed the video of the chat below, but there was a technical difficulty this month (Frank forgot to hit the record button), so you’ll just have to take my word on it that the discussion was great. Now, on to the wines.

2012 New Kent Winery Reserve Chardonnay

New Kent is about 20 minutes from my house, and while I’ll admit to having been underwhelmed by their wines when they first opened their doors, they have, more recently, been really impressive, and sit on the list of a great way to spend an afternoon, thanks to their quality wines and their fantastic patio for relaxing with a patio and a bottle of wine.

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Oct 31 2014

2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Region:  Monterey, California – USA
Cost:  $15 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes:  Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, earth and a touch of vanilla. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder, and delicate hints of sage. Enjoy on its own or with salmon, Veal Parmesan, or grilled lamb.

My Review:  This was one of those rare cases where I actually got to try the wine twice over an extended period of time, and then see if my initial impressions held up on the second go around thanks to a pair of the 2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noirs showing up at my house. Having tried the first bottle a few weeks back, it was time to open the second.

In the glass the wine was what I at least refer to as typical Pinot Noir – a light shade of red that most people would refer to as garnet. On the nose I picked up dark cherry notes and a touch of vanilla, while in the mouth the wine was smooth, with more notes of cherry and a subtle tartness on the finish.

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