4/22/2015

A quick visit to Zephaniah Farm Vineyard

My spouse was away at a convention so I took a quick trip out to Zephaniah Farm Vineyard .  I had viewed a Virginia Wine Time You Tube video about the Zephaniah Adeline blend ($25) and wanted to try it myself.  Zephaniah has added some additional parking since my last visit and progress has been made on the new winery building.
Because there was a large group coming soon, my tasting was in the library rather than the dinning room.  The setting was perfect for an early afternoon wine tasting.
I enjoyed every wine at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard. I especially liked the 2013 Rose, the 2014 Rose, and the 2014 Adeline.  The Adeline is 53 percent Vidal, 35 percent Muscat Ottonel, and 12 percent Petit Manseng. I found it very tasty, with a nice acid zing and a long finish. This one came with me. The Muscat Ottonel provided nice aromatics. I found out this was Zephaniah's first harvest of Muscat Ottonel.
The 2013 Rose was dry, but tasted of cream and strawberries. The 2014 was brighter and more berry-like.  Both were very nice and were added to my purchases. Zephaniah's reds were also well made wines.
Zephaniah is building a new winery and progress continues.  When you visit Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, please mention you read about them at Wine about Virginia.

Zephaniah Farm Vineyard 
19381 Dunlop Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703.431.2016
E-mail: bill@zephwine.com

4/18/2015

Another visit to Reynard Florence

We stopped by Reynard Florence Vineyard for a visit on our way to KeswickVineyards.
 Reynard Florence Vineyard is located not far from Barboursville Vineyards.
Tastings are conducted in a tasting room connected to the winery.  Tastings are $5 per person.  We tasted 4 white wines and 5 red wines.
We tasted two vintages of a very nice white wine blend named Reynard Blanc. The 2013 version is $23 and won a silver medal in the 2015 Governor's Cup.  The 2014 version is $20 and had just been released. Both versions include Petit Manseng, Traminette, and Vidal.  The 2013 vintage also included some Viognier. We also tried a 2014 Viognier ($28) and a 2014 Petit Manseng ($28). We particularly enjoyed the Petit Manseng, even with 3.8 percent residual sugar, and took a bottle home.
On the red side, we tasted two 2015 Governor's Cup silver medal winners: the 2010 Cabernet Franc ($22) and the NMA IV($25), a right bank Bordeaux-style blend with a touch of Grenache in it. But our favorite red was the 2012 Merlot ($23), a fruit forward, easy drinking, with a long finish. We also tasted a 2013 Petit Verdot ($28) and a red blend called Recherche ($26), a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. All were good examples of Virginia wine.
After a pleasant picnic lunch outdoors, we bid farewell to Reynard Florence Vineyard.  When you visit, please mention you read about Reynard Florence Vineyard at Wine About Virginia.

Reynard Florence Vineyard
16109 Burnley Road
Barboursville, 22923
Phone: 540-832-3895 / alt: 434-962-1849

4/09/2015

Gadino Cellars keeps improving

Our Saturday wine club pickup visit at Gadino Cellars was a short one, but a great stop.  We quickly found that several wines had really improved in the bottle since our last visit.  The Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Manseng are all tasting great right now.
Our Gadino Cellars wine club pick up included the 2013 Moonrise ($19), a Nebbiolo-based dry Rose that tastes of strawberries, and the 2012 Delfino Rosso ($28), a nicely balanced right bank Bordeaux-style blend. After our tasting we also purchased a bottle of the 2013 Sunset ($17), a Traminette-based white blend that we have always enjoyed each year.  Gadino Cellars makes really great blends and this is one of them. Sunset is just a easy drinking picnic wine, but a fine one none the less.
We also were told that the portion of the Finale port-style wine that had been aging for several additional months in oak had been bottled. When it is released, we will pick up a bottle and do a side by side comparison with the previously-released version.
We think the wines at Gadino Cellars just keep improving. Pay them a visit and experience for yourself this family owned winery in Rappahannock County. When you do, tell them you read about  Gadino Cellars at Wine About Virginia.

Gadino Cellars
92 Schoolhouse Road
Washington, Virginia 22747
Phone: 540-987-9292
E-mail: info@gadinocellars.com