Tag: Virginia

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.

Effingham Cellars Chardonnay 2019, Virginia


Dark golden in color.

On the nose cedar, vanilla, spices, red apples, lemons, pears, light tangerine and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with oak, vanilla, citrus, spices, apples, pears and light white pepper.

Tangy finish with lemons and spices.

This is a nice Oaky Chardonnay from Virginia. Big and bold. Rich and flavorful.

Feels like an oaky Napa Chardonnay right out of the bottle, but changes after 20 minutes of airtime.

A nice wine to sip on by the porch. Tangy with a soft mouthfeel.

I had it by the pool.

89 points.

$34.

King Family Vineyards Merlot 2018, Monticello, Virginia

For international Merlot Day, here’s one from Virginia.

This is a nice and easy drinking Merlot. Showing black and red fruit with wood, earth, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, light honeysuckle, peppercorn and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Nice spicy finish with tangy raspberries and round tannins.

Still young and needs a couple of years to mature.

I had it before, and this time I gave it a slight chill and had by the pool. I love the fact that it is not high in alcohol.

Nice and engaging. Spicy, tasty and tangy on the finish.

Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

King Family Vineyards Small Batch Series Cabernet Franc 2018, Virginia

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, blueberries, strawberry pie, light oak, spices, honeysuckle, wild flowers and light earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with sweet raspberries, bing cherries, tobacco, spices, earth, light wood, peppercorn and light herbs.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc is drinking very nicely now, although still young. Very pleasant and easy drinking with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel. The tangy and spicy finish is nice.

Good right out of the bottle, but the tannins show up after an hour of airtime. Worth the wait.

Would be nice to see how this develops in the next 5 years.

I love the fact that the alcohol is so low, and the mouthfeel is buttery and supple. Easy to finish the whole bottle by yourself.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Whole cluster fermentation. Aged for 18 months in Oak barrels.
A very small production of only 576 bottles. This is bottle number 44.

12.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

King Family Vineyards Merlot 2018, Monticello, Virginia

This week’s #MerlotThursday is a nice Bordeaux blend from Virginia.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, cherries, black currants, strawberries, earth, wood, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, tobacco and dark coffee.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Merlot from Virginia. Showing a soft mouthfeel. Tangy with lots of red fruits and spices. A nice food wine. Light, bright and airy.

I enjoyed their Mountain Plain Merlot better. Would be interesting to see how this develops in the next couple of years.

A good everyday wine. For some reason it has an Italian red wine feel.

Needed an hour of airtime to blow off some of the acidity.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers, but would pair very nicely with Pepperoni pizza.

A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in French Oak barrels (30% new).

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

King Family Vineyards Meritage 2018, Monticello, Virginia

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a tasty one from Virginia.

Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, currants, bing cherries, honeysuckle, light oak, red candy, spices, dark coffee, vanilla, dark chocolates, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and pretty legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, black currants, light wood, spices, black pepper, earth, bitter herbs and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting wine from Virginia. A nice Bordeaux blend that warrants food, although pretty nice by itself too. Tangy and soft, with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, but so much nicer after 90 minutes in a decanter, when it really comes together.

Could be mistaken for a California Bordeaux blend, except for the honeysuckle nose, that i usually find in wines from the Southeast of the US.

Nice and engaging with lively acidity and a tangy finish.

Would be nice to see how it ages in the next 5 years.

I enjoyed it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 41% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 23% petit verdot, and 4% Malbec.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$38.

King Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2018 Monticello, Virginia

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim, and medium intensity.

Interesting nose of cherries, red currants, wood, honeysuckle, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with red currants, strawberries, raspberries, light wood, earth, wet leaves, herbs, black pepper and dark coffee.

Tangy short finish with soft tannins and pomegranates.

This Cabernet Franc from Virginia is a very nice food wine. Tangy with light spiceiness. Nice and engaging.

I liked the fact that it is light in alcohol, with a nice mouthfeel.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Tasty and complimented the food, especially the hard meats.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes from the Monticello AVA, were aged in French oak barrels and in concrete vats, for 9 months.

12% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

King Family Vineyards Mountain Plains Monticello 2016, Virginia

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Virginia.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, wood, licorice, tobacco, dark chocolates, peppercorn and light alcohol.

Full bodied, smooth, buttery and gentle, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, earth, thyme, espresso, herbs, light vinaigrette and pencil lead.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity with a great, soft mouthfeel.

Very tasty now, and will be in the next few years. I gave it a couple of hours to open up, but 30 minutes was actually enough.

I loved the tannin structure, gave it such a nice mouthfeel.

If I had to guess it blind, I would have said Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.

Good by itself or with food. I had it all by itself. Delicious.

A blend of 36% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 29% Petit Verdot. A small production of only 2,100 numbered bottles. This is #401.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.