Our celebration of the Virginia grape harvest continued at Saturday’s annual Yorktown Wine Festival on the Riverfront. Ticket sales went to benefit the Yorktown Fife & Drums.
Glass at the ready, thousands of people from near and far visited booths of more than 20 Virginia vineyards and wineries, sipping the various vintages of wine grown on Dominion soil. Each one displays characteristics that are true to the warm growing environment, the water and soil that is exclusively Virginian. These were my favorites for the day.
The first stop was First Colony Winery where they were pouring seven wines from their cellars. Among them was their Meritage ’08, a Bordeaux-style blend based in Cab Franc (which Virginia grows well), with Merlot and Cab Sauvignon. Its color was indicative of its medium-body, ruby-red and easy drinking but surprisingly complex. The Meritage is a jewel in First Colony’s crown, and it lists for $20 per bottle.
From the Virginia Wine Trail in Louisa, Cooper Vineyards presented nine wines, two of which were standouts: Cooper Viognier ’09, and Cooper “Noche”, a decadent dessert wine made of Virginia’s native Norton varietal. While the Viognier pronounced floral aromas, bold fruit, and a semi-dry finish in the profile, the Noche laid layers of fruit and chocolaty-sweet across the palate. Its profile is reminicient of chocolate-covered fruit cordials, hanging on the glass like it was saving another sip of Noche.
Montdomaine’s Chardonnay ’08 is kin to the first vinifera vines ever planted for commercial production in Virginia, while it was thought that the species wouldn’t adapt to our terroir. This chardonnay is characteristically true to the varietal in every way with tropical fruits in the aroma and buttery, creamy body and dry finish, but Virginia applies its strength to the wine by broadening the profile in depth and flavor.
Wine culture in the United States started in Virginia centuries ago, and its excellence continues to today. Now Virginia wines come into their own, and the phenomena is celebrated locally at the annual Yorktown Wine festival. Do yourself the honor of sampling Virginia’s wines this October, and make plans for next year’s festival on the Riverfront.
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