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ADAGIO

The boldest representation of each vintage year. Created in the Virginia
style, Adagio showcases the charm and elegance of the Old World in perfect
harmony with the adventurous spirit and freedom of the New. 

"Of particular interest down south is Williamsburg's Adagio...Adagio is one of the Big Boys and it shows beautifully."

-Mark Squires, renowned wine critic for the Wine Advocate 

2017 Adagio

Varietal:

37% Tannat, 33% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 is a wonderful reflection of a great vintage.  It is a richly complex wine with many layers.  There is a balance between the dark fruits of figs and dates along with the red fruits of raspberry and dark cherry.  There are additionally some nice hints of blueberry, rhubarb and cassis.  Next to the fruit aspect is an old world earthy character along with some cocoa, black olive and black pepper.  The tannins are gripping but approachable and the oak is wonderfully partnered with all the nuances.  I find this to be an exceptionally well-balanced wine that will age magnificently over the next decade or more.

 

RESERVE WINES

Made only in the finest vintages, the Reserve wines represent our winemaker's signature style.

2017 Gabriel Archer Reserve

Varietal:

41% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot

This is an old-world style wine offering many layers of black and red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry which then go into a more aged fruit of figs, prunes and dates. Next to the fruit is some black olives, truffles, a touch of the forest floor and a hint of graphite. Behind these layers is a soft spice note of cinnamon/nutmeg. The oak is well structured with the fruit and earth notes. The tannins are big but very approachable. Overall the wine is very well balanced with a lot of old-world charm. This should age beautifully!

2017 Merlot Reserve

Varietal:

100% Merlot

The 2017 Reserve Merlot is another great representation of the vintage. The bright, red fruit aspects of cherries, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb and cassis are well integrated with some quieter elements of dried fruits. All the fruits are generously covered in a rich layer of chocolate. Woven together with the fruit and chocolate is an earthiness that also has a touch of minerality and vanilla, accentuated with a soft, perfume character. The finish is fruit forward with the oak and tannins well balanced and fresh. Will drink nicely now and for the next 10+ years. Drink more Merlot!

2017 Petit Verdot Reserve

Varietal:

100% Petit Verdot

A truly opulent wine showing bold rich layers of blackberry, dark cherry, currant and cranberry. The next layer shows some cocoa and vanilla. There are also some pleasant earth notes of suede, olives and a hint of eucalyptus. All these layers are wrapped in exquisite tannins and oak creating a wine with beautiful harmony. The finish lingers on the pallet for a long time while the fruit and oak embrace beautifully.

2017 Virginia Trianon

Varietal:

77% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot

This is a beautifully balanced wine with all the upfront fruit qualities and earthy character one would expect from a Cabernet Franc. The fruit has some lovely berry notes with some red and black cherry, along with some elegant dark fruits.  The wine finishes very clean with soft tannins and well integrated oak. There is a touch of brightness on the finish that creates a pleasant lingering effect with the fresh fruit. This may be the best Trianon to date. Try this with some lamb.

 

LIMITED RELEASE

Wines produced in very small quantities that are first made available to our Wine Club Members upon release and some of which remain Wine Club Member exclusives.

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2015 Tannat Limited Release

Varietal:

75% Tannat, 25% Petit Verdot

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A big sumptuous wine with a deep rich color and laden with ripe berries, cherry and a hint  of some dried fruits.  Beside the fruit aspect there is a wonderful cocoa and cinnamon spice nuance that play well together.  A little bit of vanilla comes through along with a touch of tea and cola.  The tannins and oak are well suited to the weight of the  wine and aid in the overall balance and intensity.  The wine has a nice bright aspect on the pallet that turns to a rich creamy finish.  This wine will age very well.

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2015 XV, Limited Release

Varietal:

59% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec

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A sophisticated wine offering a myriad of strawberry, raspberry, blackberry along with some  bright notes of cherry and cranberry.  The red fruits are accentuated by some darker aged fruits and a touch of forest floor, truffle, fresh mushrooms and cocoa.  On the back side is a pleasing essence of sassafras.  The oak is well integrated with the fruit  and acidity.  The tannins have a nice chalky character yet are very approachable.  This is reminiscent of an old world wine which will pair well with many foods.

2017 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal:

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Tannat

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This wine provides a delightful blend of both fresh red fruit and dried dark fruits with a mix of green and black olives.  A very juicy wine with layers of cocoa and cream. The fruit is complemented with a graphite minerality from the French oak along with a classic earthy character. A well-rounded wine with exquisite tannins that are well balanced.  The oak is strong but does not overpower the other elements, yet rather enhances them.  The finish is strong and elegant and lasts quite a while.  This wine will age extremely well with untapped potential.  It drinks well now but I would recommend a decanter.  I have been waiting for this wine to be In bottle since the harvest of 2017.  Enjoy!

2017 Limited Release Merlot

Varietal:

100% Merlot

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A very well-structured Merlot offering a host of fresh red berries and some dark cherry. Along with the fruit are nice vanilla and cocoa notes that pair well with the spice of cardamom and clove. The spice notes gives way to a pleasant herbal, almost fresh flower aspect. Just next to the jammy fruit is a soft earthiness of truffles and black olives and a hint of black pepper. The oak is very nicely balanced within the wine and holds up to the big but approachable tannins. Overall a well-balanced wine with many complexities and layers. This reminds me of a contemporary ambrosia salad. I am really enjoying this Merlot now and look forward to seeing how well it will age.

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2017 Limited Release Norton

Varietal:

75% Norton, 25% Petit Verdot

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A jammy full bodied wine with robust fruits of dark cherry, raspberry and strawberry.  The fruit is interlaced with some lovely lilac tones along with some star anise and a touch of spice and cocoa.  Just behind these notes is a pleasant herbal character that balances well with the fruit and tannins.  The wine has a big jammy mouthfeel that lingers on the palette for a long time.  The oak, tannins, fruit and herbal spice are ideally balanced together making for a complex wine with many layers and finesse.  This may be the best Norton we have ever created.

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2017 XVII, Limited Release

Varietal:

50% Petit Verdot, 50% Merlot

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A lovely blend of figs, dates and prunes mingled with fresh blackberries, dark cherries,  strawberry, raspberry and blueberry.  All these fruits appear to be covered in a rich layer of dark chocolate.  Along with the myriad of fruits on display is a symphony of earthy notes of truffles, mushrooms, olives, a touch of old suede and a dash of pepper.   The finish is long, bright and inviting with the oak and tannins in complete balance.  This wine should age well for the next few years.

2018 Norton

Varietal:

100% Norton

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A bold wine showcasing fresh picked blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and dark cherry. After the fresh fruit is a tinge of dried fruits with some cocoa and herbal tea. Next there is a touch of eucalyptus and fresh grassy meadow nuances that  complement the fruits. The oak is superbly integrated with fruit along with some big yet approachable tannins. The finish  is bright and jammy with a lingering aftertaste. Picture sitting under a eucalyptus tree in a grassy meadow eating a pie made  from fresh picked blueberries…this is that wine!

2019 Virginia Aglianico Limited Release

Varietal:

100% Aglianico

WINE CLUB EXCLUSIVE

This wine carries fresh raspberry, strawberry, and cherries along with fresh vanilla notes.  The fresh fruits are wrapped in an elegant herbal, and fresh cut flower character.  There is a hint of the old-world earthiness that adds a nice layer to the wine.  The finish of the wine has a bright fresh lemon quality that balances very well with the red fruits.  The tannins are well structured the body and finish of the wine.  This wine has some nice old-world qualities that will pair well with many foods.

WESSEX HUNDRED

These estate-grown wines are made from grapes sourced exclusively from our estate vineyards at Wessex Hundred in Williamsburg.

2017 Wessex Hundred Cabernet Franc

Varietal:

95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

This wine bursts out the glass with fresh strawberries, raspberries and cherries then recedes  back into some more mature fruits.  The fruits component is well paired with the earthy forest floor, leather/suede and spice.  After the fruit and earthiness comes the black and white cookie nuance (because of the chocolate and vanilla).  The tannins are  soft and yet firm at the same time (like the cookie).  The oak is extremely well balanced with the fruit and tannins which provides for a fantastic lingering finish to the wine.

2018 Wessex Hundred Petit Verdot

Varietal:

100% Petit Verdot

A very well-balanced wine of many layers offering some soft elegant notes of fresh berries, apple, pear, cherry and currants. These nuances continue with an old-world earthiness with a touch of olives and succulent plants. Then comes a smoky minerality that blends well with the cocoa, creamy vanilla and bright tannins. The oak is well integrated into all the various layers of the wine and adds a nice component to the long finish. This wine should age well over the next few years or can be enjoyed now.
– Matthew Meyer, Winemaker

VIRGINIA APPELLATION

Made from a combination of grapes sourced from Wessex Hundred and from our partner growers from around the commonwealth.

2019 Barrel Aged Virginia Claret

Varietal:

35% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Norton, 9% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc

There are some very pleasant nuances of fresh strawberry, raspberry, cherry and currants.  Along with the fresh fruit nuances is a lovely combination of fresh grass and spring flowers along with a touch of the forest.  Just behind these earthy characters is a hint of cocoa and vanilla.  The tannins are well rounded and accentuate the creaminess of the wine and go nicely with the oak producing a delightful balance.  The finish has a wonderful depth and showcases the fresh fruit aspects of the wine.  Overall, I am pleased with the 2018 Claret and feel it will pair well with many different dishes.  Most importantly, Elena thoroughly enjoys it!

2019 Chambourcin

Varietal:

100% Chambourcin

This wine shows intense ripe cherry, raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry with a touch of rhubarb. Next to the fruit is a dark chocolate element which complements the herbal tones. Additionally, there is a spicy character offering some cinnamon and clove along with some strong earthy characters and licorice. The mouth feel is very smooth showing the red fruits and forest floor tones. The tannins are very soft and offer a nice finish. A wine with many layers and nuances.

2019 Virginia Cabernet Franc

Varietal:

100% Cabernet Franc

This Cabernet Franc exhibits a lovely balance between the old and new world. There are initially some nice jammy red fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, which then lead into a touch of plums, dates, pears, and apple. The fruit aromas are nicely balanced with earthiness, forest floor, and a hint of leather/suede along with a touch of cinnamon, spice, and brioche. The oak is subtle and elegant with some soft tannins. The wine has a clean fruit-forward finish.

2019 Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

A wonderfully expressive Cabernet Sauvignon showing an abundance of berries (strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry) along with some dark cherries, cassis, and plums.  These fruit notes have an almost candied quality making them really pop!  Along with the fruits are some lovely cola and vanilla elements that merge into a very elegant earthiness.  The oak is softly nestled amongst these different components making for a lovely and balanced wine with multiple layers.  The tannins are soft and approachable with a long clean fruit forward finish.  This wine will pair well with many different foods. – Matthew Meyer, Winemaker

2019 Virginia Merlot

Varietal:

100% Merlot

A rich Merlot with an initial perception of ripe strawberries and raspberries which then moves into some nice dark blueberry and figs.  All these fruit elements are nicely encased with a floral bouquet and sweet chocolate character.  Underlying all these different layers is a gentle drop of menthol that accentuates the overall complexity of the wine.  The oak is wonderfully balanced with the fruit and soft tannins making for a lovely finish.

2019 Virginia Petit Verdot

Varietal:

75% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Initially the wine exhibits some lovely figs, dates, currants, and plums which is then followed by some fresh strawberry, cherry, raspberry, blueberry and a touch of rhubarb. These fruit elements are nicely encapsulated within some cocoa and vanilla along with some herbal tones and hazelnut. Additionally, there is just a slight presence of some spice and floral aspects which give way to a gentle forest floor. The oak is very well integrated into the wine with some rich tannins that are not overpowering, providing a long, graceful finish.

HISTORICAL SERIES

These wines pay respect to the rich wine history of Wessex Hundred and are made in a fun, easy-drinking style. 

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2019 Two Shilling Red

Varietal:

Varies

This wine shows loads of upfront jammy fruit.  The strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes blend smoothly into a smoky earthiness which creates a nice complexity.  The wine is clean and well balanced for a jammy style.  The fruit lingers a long time on the palate and finishes with loads of fresh fruit.  A great wine for the picnic basket or barbecue.