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Snooth User: Imperial210

Best Virginia wines

Posted by Imperial210, Aug 11, 2009.

I live right in the heart of VA wine country, near Barboursville, and I like to try a lot of VA wines but am typically disappointed. My favs of recent are Sugarleaf Cab Franc, Veritas Merlot and Barboursville Barbera. My husband and I used to like Valhalla Cab Sav, but that's been at least 8 years ago that we drank it. I'm curious to know others' opinions of Virginia reds and whites that you like best. My good friend has a small vineyard that Pearmund sources grapes from for their Sandy Branch Vineyard Cab Sav. It is very nice, but you will only be able to buy it direct from the winery. Linden and Cooper make some great VA whites. Let me know your opinions. Cheers to VA wine country!


Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Aug 12, 2009.

Egad, there are quite a number of very palatable wines here in Virginia. Some of the standouts for me are the Veritas Meritage, 2007 Chrysalis Tannat, and 2004 Kluge Blanc de Blanc Sparkling wine. Breaux Vineyards and Rappahannock Cellars both have had excellent reds in the past but I haven't tasted any thing recent so I can't say for certain.

I'm more familiar with the NOVA wineries and don't get past Charlottesville often so I can't speak of our southern brethren, but some wineries up here that are worth keeping an eye out for are Linden, Barrel Oak Winery and the Rieslings from Naked Mountain. Pearmund (I can't remember his first name off the top of my head) has his hands not only in his own winery (Pearmund Cellars), but at least two others in the region (The Winery at La Grange and Chrysalis) and has vineyards all throughout the state. He is someone to monitor as he has grown exceptionally fast over the last five years and hasn't let the quality of his product slip.

Reply by ChipDWood, Sep 14, 2009.

I'm currently smitten with the Barren Ridge Viognier. Paired with artichoke dip and toasted, crusty bread? CHANGE YA LIFE.

Far as reds go I've really enjoyed a lot of the Petit Verdot (Veritas especially, and really: ALL of their reds), and was blown away by Blenheim's 2005 Petit Verdot. It fooled a gaggle of NY tasters after a bottle of the '85 Dominus. For real.

I like the simpler styles of some of the various VA clarets (again; Veritas, Barren Ridge's Meritage, the Wineworks red, etc.) and various "Meritages".

The one I barrel sampled though, and can hardly wait for the release of, is the '07 Shaps 'Meritage'.


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