Cave Ridge or are Hunters Run own label, made on contract, at Cave Ridge. Hunters Run is now a winery, not just a tasting room, as Geri has planted vines on site and is leasing vineyards in the Valley.
There were two whites to start the tasting, a Cave Ridge Riesling and the Hunters Run 2008 Viognier. The Reisling had typical apple flavors and some sweetness. To be honest, we weren't big fans of the Viognier.
Cave Ridge Ramblin Rose is a tasty, semi-dry blend of of Viognier, Traminette, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The Hunters Run 2009 Chambourcin was a very smooth, fruity, well-made wine. We liked how smooth and fruity this wine is.
The Cave Ridge Cabernet Franc has 20 percent Syrah blended in, which gave it an even more spicy finish.
The Hunters Run Wine Barn Red is a blend of 60 percent Cabernet Franc, 20 percent Chambourcin and 20 percent Petit Verdot and it was aged for 10 months in French Oak. I really enjoyed this well-crafted blend and took a bottle home.
Cave Ridge La Petite Traminette is a wine we have tried before at Cave Ridge. We still have a bottle of this on the shelf from our trip out to Cave Ridge. The wine is very floral with 5 percent residual sugar.
Hunters Run Todd was a clear winner. This is a port-style wine named after Geri's father who passed away last year. Made with Chambourcin and aged for 14 months in Bourbon barrels, Todd is fortified with Bourbon and is far smoother than one would expect with a 17.5 percent alcohol content. We both were really impressed by the smooth texture and taste of this wine. We bought a bottle of this to take home. Beth said this was her last bottle. (I think Geri has more somewhere).
Last we had "Geri's Sangria" made with the Viognier and the Riesling. This was very tasty indeed and a great wine to conclude our tasting. The Hunters Run Wine Barn was a very nice place to spend some time on an afternoon.