As I write to you in this second week of August, we have just entered the most critical phase of the growing season after fruit set. But before describing the promising condition of our vines today, I would like to reiterate a message which might not have reached you yet, if you haven’t recently visited our online wine shop. Through December 31st, we are offering free UPS shipping for any 12 bottles or more, with 10 percent discounts for every such purchase, to VA, MD, DC, AL, FL, IL, MI, MN, NC, SC, NH, NY, PA, and MO. To AZ, AK, CA, OR, WA, TX, NM, and CO, we are offering the same purchase discount, and cutting the shipping cost by 50 percent.
Whether because of their keen seasonal appeal, distinguished critical ratings — or both — four of our wines stand out this Summer, in addition to the ever-requested Octagon, and three of them will be featured at a dramatic winery feast calendared for August 28th, paired ideally with classic dishes of Sardinia. First, consider one of the great classics of that island, now securely at home in Virginia. Vermentino Reserve 2018, named among the 12 leading wines of the Commonwealth in this year’s Governor’s Cup honors list, holds also the Double Gold Medal of the San Francisco Chronicle Competition, the Gold Medal and Best in Category designation of the Atlantic Seaboard, and the Gold Medal of the Critics Challenge. Its pairing with a classic Sardinian seafood pasta at the Feast on the 28th, alone is worth the drive, but if you cannot attend, let our help with shipping costs inspire you to bring it home.
Allegrante Rosé 2019, a unique blending of Petite Sirah and Nebbiolo, holds the 90 Point rating of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which describes it as all one could ask of a Virginia rosé. Enjoy it at the Sardinian feast or let it inspire your own tossing of grilled seasonal vegetables with bread crumbs, onion, parsley, and pecorino. The Viognier Reserve 2018, holding Gold Medals from the San Diego International Competition and the Critics Challenge, sustains its distinctive position, through our signature style of long lees aging and complete avoidance of oak and any blending — a profile which comes especially into its own, in Summer.
Finally, Paxxito 2015, possibly the most beautiful wine we make, can be savored at the Sardinian Feast as well as all year ‘round at home, holding the Gold and the Double Gold medals of San Francisco’s two international competitions, of the Virginia Governor’s Cup, and the Sommeliers Challenge, with 93 Points from critic Mark Squires at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate— a weighty array of honors for a wine of ancient tradition, which he admires for effortlessly balancing the sugar with its supporting acidity. Whether at the Sardinian Feast or at home, enjoy the character of this wine with good friends. To reserve for the Feast, (540) 832-7848.
Viticulturist Fernando Franco and I have just put together a video tour of our vines on Goodlow Mountain, presenting the superb condition of this season’s fruit. We discuss the practices we followed to make the most of the recent middle phase of our growing season, establishing the grapes for ripening in these important weeks of August and early September. We hope you will enjoy taking a few moments to examine these reports, and also to refresh your own techniques in the use of that great pocket appliance, the refractometer.
In a challenging year, to be sure, of difficult adjustments for us all, we hope you can plan a visit to the vineyard to take in the timeless culture of wine with us. Always, too, we are available online to supply your most adventuresome requirements.
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