100% French oak aged
Okay, we’re starting out with a repeat of a wine shipped last year, but this is evolving nicely. There’s a baked apple bouquet to the wine and initial flavor of butterscotch and toffee. (Hint: order some more now for next Fall!) It features nuanced oak but also an interesting finish of mineralogy and yeast-derived tones. There is a ton going on in this bottle which is appreciating with age. Pair with seafood, chicken/fowl, creamy mushroom dishes.
65% Chardonnay/ 35% Petit Manseng (co-fermented)
We touted past vintages of Green as a thirst quenching, aromatic romancer of summer. This 2020 will still sate a parched palate, but the aroma is less tropical, dominated by the larger portion of Chardonnay than usual (we use what the vintage gives us!). Petit Manseng still offers plenty of zing on the finish, though. Maybe this vintage should move from the porch swing to the dinner table? It’ll pair great with sushi, big summer salads, and grilled chicken. Those missing the usual Green attributes should check out the next two wines…
2020 Frai Vidal
100% Vidal Blanc
BRAND NEW!! This is the first straight Vidal Blanc bottled by Cardinal Point. The fruit comes from our friend, Jenny Rous’ vineyard, just south in Roseland, Virginia. Like all wines in our “Frai” series, this wine’s primary fermentation was stopped before all the sugar became alcohol. The idea is to bottle the freshness of a new wine. It’s semi-dry and features flavors of apple and pome fruit. The wine features complexity in mouthfeel and finish due to pre- and post-fermentation experimentation. It’s a little petulant, showing its youth. Definitely a drink for Summer evenings … and a cheese plate.
2020 St. Rosé
100% Cabernet Franc (featuring pre-fermentation stabulation)
Yes, this wine is bubbly, and, no, it wasn’t intended. Here’s the story: Because of bit of trouble during bottling, this wine has partially re-fermented in the bottle… luckily to a pleasant degree. It’s better to be lucky than good? In this case, yes! This was an okay sip before bottling, but now it’s a crisp rosé with POP, literally. And at only 10% alcohol, we’re calling it ALL DAY Rosé. It’s fun, it’s lucky, and we’ll try to do it again, but it may be unrepeatable. On the bright side, we’re getting out more, Summer’s coming, and this serendipitous spritz is here to enjoy now.
2020 Rockfish Red
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat
As always, the goal for this wine is a quaffable red. Formerly Rockfish Reds were all Cabernet Franc, short-vatted (to reduce tannins), but we started blending with Petit Verdot several vintages ago to increase flavor and interest. This vintage adds ripe Tannat to the mix as well. Yum! Like red fruit candy: cherries raspberries, and plums. Pair with red sauce pizza, burgers or any grilled beef, or a Netflix binge.
2019 Clay Hill Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc
As always, this wine is made solely from fruit grown by Bill Pelton at Clay Hill Vineyard closer to Charlottesville. This vintage is still evolving in bottle, but features the bright fruit nose and spice finish of past vintages. Aged over a year in American barrels, the oak component is still mellowing. There’s an evident mocha tone. It’s drinking great now and would pair well with grilled marinated flank steak, but a year or two more in bottle will develop even more mouthfeel and interest.