Effingham Manor Cellars Effingham Reserve 2019, Virginia

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, oak, plums, black cherries, Indian spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, black tea, herbs, dark chocolates, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, peppercorn, tobacco leaf and herbs.

Soft finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity already, with a soft mouthfeel. Tasty and enjoyable.

Smells very much like a young Bordeaux right out of the bottle.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up.

Once it opens up, the palate catches up to the Bordeaux Style as well.

Still young and needs a few years to mature. Showing good potential, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

At this point, the Merlot is more dominant than the rest. Feels like a right bank Bordeaux. Spicy, tangy and entertaining.

Good by itself or with food. Really enjoyed the nose once it opened up. A very nice sipping wine.

A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 19% Tannant, 15% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 14 months in American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$49.

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