Visited the Monticello wine region in Virginia and got to find some new adult grape juice. Started with Flying Fox Vineyard.
They started growing their grapes in 1999. Lynn & Rich, who opened the vineyard, bought the grapes with Veritas, which are located in the Shenandoahs.
2015 Pinot Gris. Dry and crisp with key lime and citrus notes. A perfect summer wine. Produced from Ridge Run Vineyard grapes planted just for us in the Shenandoah Valley. $18. Was a bit sour for a Pinot Gris.
2015 Viognier. Our Viognieris produced from Ridge Run Vineyard grapes. With aromas of honeysuckle, apricot and pear this wine is a lovely Virginia classic. $19. Tasted sweet/sour.
White Table Wine. A lightly sweet blend of Pinot Gris, Traminette, and Viognier – great with spicy food, an after dinner cheese platter or just sitting on the front porch. 6% Traminette, 64% Pinot Gris, 30% Viognier. $17. Blend of the first two wines and sweeter than the first two wines. Not my favorite.
2015 Rose. Dry, crisp and refreshing- an elegant Rosé. This lovely wine smells and tastes of fresh strawberries, nutmeg, and marzipan. And will be a perfect complement to all of your summer picnics! Cabernet Franc 50% – Merlot 50%. $17. Ok.
2014 Cabernet Franc. A classic Virginia Cabernet Franc: Light oak flavors compliment but not overwhelm the taste of red fruit and cherries along with a bit of black pepper spice. Aromas of baking spices, cardamom and cherry pie make this our favorite summer red. 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot. $24. Pepper notes, nice wine.
2014 Merlot. An elegant Bordeaux-style Merlot. Plum, cherries and a hint of mocha on the palate. Enjoy now or cellar to drink later. $22. Not good.
2014 Trio. Trio – our harmonious blend of three wines, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is our vineyard in a bottle. An elegant wine with lovely color and balance. 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. $27. Nothing stands out.
2014 Petit Verdot. Dark and intense, this wine shows flavors of black cherry and blackberry fruit. Our favorite with game. This wine shows firm tannins and good acidity. It will age nicely. 80% Petit Verdot, 20% Merlot. $28. Heavy but not weight bearing. Definitely had the cherry and blackberry.
Red Table Wine. This wine is an off-dry blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soft and smooth, this wine appeals to both red and white wine drinkers. Chilled in the summer, warm and spiced in the winter, always appropriate. $17. Sweet for a red.
Nice range of wine to sample in a different region than the (relative) northern Virginia ones I normally locally get closer to home.