This Virginia wine blog of ours will mainly cover our visits to Virginia wineries, Virginia wine festivals, Virginia vineyards, and observations about Virginia wine. As we live in Fairfax County, this Virginia wine blog will generally cover Northern Virginia wineries and tasting rooms the most. However, as we travel to other wine areas we will post about them too.
After leaving Keswick, we swung by Early Mountain on our way home to Fairfax County. This seems to be becoming a habit. Returning north on RT 29 we can just drive a short distance out of our way on Wolftown Road and visit one of the prime wine destinations in the state of Virginia.
View of the mountain from parking lot
I have written before about how nice the tasting room looks and feels.
Bright and open, the tasting room's windows let in a ton of natural light and allow nice views of the vineyards.
We decided to not have one of the wine tasting flights. We wanted to try the new releases.
We bought a bottle of a new release, the 2009 Muscat Dolce after tasting small samples of it and another new release, a 2011 Petit Manseng. Both were great wines. The Petit Manseng is on the dry side, but is creamy and has a interesting spicy flavor.
The 2009 Muscat Dolce is basically a White Port. It is made with Muscat, fortified with local brandy, and aged two years in oak barrels. The wine's sweetness comes from the residual sugar and it finishes with a nutty, almost butterscotch-like flavor. This wine is a rock star as the sweetness is balanced well with acidity. We were served next to the large, indoor fireplace and enjoyed the surroundings. We just had a half glass each and re-corked the remainder to take home.
Following each visit to Early Mountain, I find I am more and more impressed with them. The facility is first class, as is the staff. Quality wines are being released. Their "Best of Virginia" wine program allows a guest to try quality wines from around the Commonwealth. Just today I saw on Facebook Early Mountain is now serving Lomax Reserve, a red wine from Granite Heights, giving great exposure for this newer micro winery. They even have "eat local" offerings served each day in their market.
If you haven't visited Early Mountain you really should. When you do, tell them you read about them on Wine About Virginia.