Apr 10, 2011

Capitol Vineyards Grand opening

We had a a great Wine About Virginia day with Nancy (Virginia Wine in Your Pocket blogger) and Jen and Bryan (Nancy's #1 fans) yesterday at the Grand Opening of Capitol Vineyards.  (So how do we get a #1 fan?)  Capitol Vineyards were offering a standard tasting as well as a wine and food pairing for opening day.  We decided upon just the standard tasting as we had brought a lunch for later in the day. Lauren, one of the owners had told me Capitol Vineyards will offer the pairing for the first month and special occasions after that. They are planning to have a more traditional 'Opening' celebration in late May.

 
The Capitol Vineyards tasting menu had five 2009 vintage wines: Traminette ($21), Cabernet Sauvignon ($23), Cabernet Franc ($23), Merlot ($23), and a Meritage ($23) (made up of an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot).  All the wines were very acceptable to my palate.  The Traminette is bone dry, with floral aromas, and high acidity.  The Cabernet Sauvignon was medium-bodied with mellow tannin and nice dark fruit taste.  My favorite of the day was the Cabernet Franc.  It was a very dark red and had a spicy aftertaste.  Very good flavors indeed.  Both the Merlot and Meritage were very good too, with black cherry flavors, good tannins, and dark red color. Capitol Vineyards currently makes their wines at Virginia Wine Works.  Lauren, one of the owners, told us they are planning to release a 2010 vintage Viognier.
 
 
The Capitol Vineyards labels are quite eye catching, featuring the national Capitol building and a character you might see in Washington, DC. 
Capitol Vineyards produced 350 cases of wine this year.  The tasting room was once the home of the first African American Postmaster General in Virginia and was built in the 1800’s. It was later converted into a General Store in the early 1900’s.  From 1950 on the store stood vacant until Lauren and Matthew started fixing up the place. The store is now Capitol Vineyard’s tasting room. The tasting room incorporates the original wooden bar.  Matthew and Lauren have cleared 16 acres and have 4 acres planted. The place is a bit small, but charming.  Capitol Vineyards parking is a bit tight. So,  I would think twice about visiting with a limo or bus.
 
Matthew missed the grand opening as he is a Marine deployed to Afghanistan.  Lauren told us they have been assisted by the good folks at Delaplane Cellars and Barrel Oak Winery.  It will be interesting to watch them develop their line. We enjoyed visiting this small boutique vineyard and tasting their wines and think you will too. 
 
Capitol Vineyards is located at 3600 Sage Road, Delaplane, VA 20144.  They are located fairly close to Aspen Dale Winery. Tasting room hours are Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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