||Science gives way to art when a winemaker puts together a blend of wines that is greater than the sum of its parts. We evaluate the characteristics of the parts we have to work with and then create a blend that shows the best of our Merlot (49%), Cabernet Sauvignon (41%), Petit Verdot (8.5%), and Cabernet Franc (1.5%). This wine really shows the grace and elegance of this vintage’s star player – Merlot. Each component is aged in predominantly French oak for a year, and then blended and aged for another year in barrel before bottling, so the pieces can integrate. The nose starts with bright, almost tart Morello cherries and red raspberries, then opens to a clean but lightly charred oak component. Layers of darker sweet cherries, currants, and anise fill the palate, while a licorice spiciness lingers on the tongue.In the winery, we pair this wine with a dark chocolate cherry truffle, made with tart Morello cherries. It pairs equally well with Steak au Poivre or a pork loin roast, accompanied by a hash of peppered potatoes and Granny Smith apples.Retail price: $24This wine has the distinction of being one of twelve wines included in the Virginia Governor’s Case, 2015.
Vineyards: North Gate (Petit Verdot), Russ Mountain (Merlot), Maggie Malick Wine Caves (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc)
Bottling Date: July 30, 2014
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Alcohol Content: 13%
TA: 5.2 g/l
Case Count: 349