Nate’s Picks – June 2013

May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Below is a description of “Nate’s Picks” for June 2013

Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay (Shenandoah, Virginia) – The 2012 season marked the first year we harvested fruit from the newly acquired Shenandoah Springs Vineyard, and this 2012 Chardonnay is the first release from that site.  100% Chardonnay, 100% Shenandoah Springs Vineyard, 100% stainless steel fermentation.  With a high elevation, a silt loam soil structure sitting along a sliver of limestone, and moderate vigor for these 12 year old vines, we were able to delay ripening of this Chardonnay in order to achieve a polished, crisp, bright style of Chard with more texture than we see from our Estate Vineyard #1, with flavors that lean more toward the green melon, grapefruit, citrus rind side of things.  Drinking very well now, this wine should develop into early 2015.

Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Rosé of Cabernet Franc (Loudoun County, Virginia) – Two pink wines in one year!?  You bet!  During the 2012 harvest we made two rosé wines – one from Chambourcin (which became our Sunset Rosé), and the other from bleedings from many of our different Cabernet Franc lots (which became the Rosé of Cabernet Franc).  The two rosés could not be more different, and this Rosé of Cabernet Franc wine was so beloved by the winemaking crew during and after harvest that we knew it was destined for the Estate Club.  Just a tad off-dry, with a luscious round texture and very warm, creamy, red raspberry and cherry aromatics, this is one of our winemaker’s favorite releases thus far from the 2012 vintage.

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