North Gate Vineyard. Carol wanted to taste the new 2013 Viognier. I had tasted it at a recent Trellis Club pick up, but she had not been able to attend.
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Trellis Club members. As Trellis Club members, we also were able to taste a few wines not on the menu (the 2013 Viognier, the 2012 Meritage, and the 2012 Petit Verdot).
Each wine we tasted Saturday was wonderful, although the 2012 Petit Verdot needs to lay down in a cellar for a while. The 2013 Chardonnay ($19) was crisp and had hints of pear and citrus, the 2013 Viognier is full-bodied with a long finish. The 2011 Melange Mystere ($17) is a ready-to-drink, fruity, and very tasty red blend of Merlot and Mourvèdre.
The 2012 Cabernet Franc ($20), 2012 Merlot ($19), and 2012 Meritage are all great reds. The Merlot is a spectacular example of what Virginia can do. The 2012 Meritage is better than the 2011 version that one a gold medal and a place in the 2014 Governor's case. The 2013 Chambourcin ($17) was a bit sweet, fruity, and a little smoky. We enjoyed it a lot as we think Chambourcin tastes better with a bit of sweetness.
We finished our tasting with the ever popular Apple Wine ($14) and a taste of white ginger sangria. The Sangria is now available in a carafe in the tasting room or a 32 ounce growler to go ($6 for a reusable growler and $20 refills).
|We liked how North Gate has arranged their wines for sale.|
North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcelleville, VA 20132