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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 

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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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!

 

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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WINE CLUB EXCLUSIVE

2017 Limited Release Merlot

Varietal: 100% Merlot

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 Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Tannat

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!

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2017 Limited Release Norton

Varietal: 75% Norton, 25% Petit Verdot

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 Limited Release Malbec

Varietal: 75% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot

This wine is expressing a host of red fruit such as cherry, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry. After the red fruit salad there are some nice apple and currant notes along with a noticeable creamy vanilla twist (think vanilla bean ice cream). After the creamy vanilla there is a hint of cocoa and spice to round out the mouthfeel. The tannins are oft and approachable yet do carry some weight. The oak is subtle and well integrated into the body of the wine. The finish is bright and fruit forward with a touch of spice.

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2015 Limited Release Norton

Varietal: 100% Norton

The 2015 is a succulent wine with hints of opulence. There is a plethora of red and dark fruits mingled in with perfumed wild flowers.  The brightness of the wine is well suited for the fruit and creates the feeling of a giant Jolly Rancher.  There is a nice bit of vanilla/cocoa to round out the J Rancher as well.  The oak and tannins are well integrated and add to the overall balance of the wine.  The finish is long and lingering.  This wine will age very well.  In my reckless youth I didn’t give Norton much of a chance; I am now a bit older and mature and have put my follies aside to declare Norton an important variety in Virginia.

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2015 Limited Release Mount Juliet Red

Varietal: 72% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 11% Norton

This is the first Mt Juliet Red we have made and I am happy with how the vintage is reflected in the bottle and the overall balance of the wine. The fruit aspect is comprised of a mixed bag of berries along with some currants and hint of dark fruits. There is a nice layer of spice that goes well with the fruit and cocoa/vanilla touches. There is additionally a hint of an earthy character showing some olives and mushrooms. The oak is nicely layered with the fruit and the tannins are bold but yet soft and approachable. The finish has a bright aspect that will lend itself nicely to pairing with many different foods.

WESSEX HUNDRED

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

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2017 Wessex Hundred Merlot

Varietal: 97% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

This Merlot begins with loads of jammy red fruits of cherry, strawberry, raspberry and then a touch of their cousin the blueberry. Just beneath the fruit are notes of fresh tobacco and suede with a touch of black olives and chocolate. Additionally, there is a very pleasant perfumed and flower essence that adds to the overall dimension of the wine. The tannins are soft and smooth and are nicely complimented by the lighter oak. The wine finishes with a long lingering bright fruit forward accent.

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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.

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2018 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!

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2017 Virginia Petit Verdot

Varietal: 100% Petit Verdot

A bold wine offering many layers of dates, plums, prunes mixed in with dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry.  The bold fruits are well paired with the warm spices of nutmeg and clove.  All of this is wrapped up in a blanket of chocolate, including chocolate covered malt balls.  With the fruit and chocolate there is a hint of green and black olives with just a touch of coffee.  The mouthfeel is dominated by a mixed berry pie and a touch if spiced coffee.  The tannins and oak are strong but match well with the bold fruit aspects.  This wine should age well and will pair well with lamb.

 
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2017 Virginia Merlot

Varietal: 95% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

A fruit forward wine offering an assortment of candied cherries, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and rhubarb.  Next to the fruit is a pleasant earthy charters of forest floor and truffles mixed in with some cocoa.  On the palette the wine is bright and fruit forward showing some nice dark cherry tones while keeping the earthy note in balance.  The oak is well integrated, and the tannins are strong yet approachable.  A full-bodied merlot that will age well and pair nicely with food.

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2017 Virginia Cabernet Franc

Varietal: 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot

The fruit aspect of this wine offers a complexity of blueberry, dried apricots, strawberry and green apple that pairs well with the cinnamon and spice notes.  Just behind the fruit are some wild flowers which help accentuate the floral aspects. Additionally, there is the old-world earth character of leather and suede.  A juicy mouthfeel with a fruit forward sensation rounds out the wine nicely.  The tannins and oak are well balanced while not overpowering the fruit, and contribute to the overall complexity of the wine.

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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2018 Arundell Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

A bright fruity wine with elements of cherry, raspberry, rhubarb and blueberry. The fruits are well balanced with an herbaceous minerality note that combines with some ripe olives and a touch of vanilla. There is a pleasant cocoa aspect that is reminiscent of a chocolate covered blueberry cordial. The tannins are gripping yet approachable. Overall the wine is well balanced and is a good representation of the vintage.

2018 Two Shilling Red

Varietal: 100% Zinfandel

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.

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