The Cabernet Franc from 2015 shows exactly how refined and elegant the varietal can be. 100% Cabernet Franc aged for 10 months in neutral oak, this wine is fruit-forward to say the least. The soft, upfront fruit and floral notes continue into the medium-bodied mid-palate and ends in a surprisingly long finish. 150 cases.
Our estate-grown Seyval is a fresh, slightly effervescent wine with citrus notes on the nose and palate. Approximately 10% Petit Manseng is blended in to round out the fruit and balance the acidity. Lovely with lighter seafood fare and as an aperitif. 340 cases made.
The 2015 Petit Manseng sits between 2-3% residual in an off-dry style that actually proves very versatile. The pear cider notes and slight sweetness along with balanced naturally occurring acidity on the finish allow this wine to serve not only as a dessert option, but also as both an aperitif or with the right food pairing, such as spicy curry dishes or a salty goat cheese. 140 cases made.
The 2015, 100% varietal Merlot shows a very different profile than any vintage prior off of Josie’s Knoll. Soft, juicy upfront fruit with a medium body and elegant tannins, this drinks almost more like a Rhone than our typical Merlot. Aged in neutral oak for 6 months. Bottled with low sulfur for early release. 190 cases made.
The 2013 Pinotage shows primarily the Pinot Noir side of this varietal rather than the Cinsault side. Cherry and cranberry fruit dominate the nose and palate with soft spice and a hint of vanilla. Aged in neutral oak barrels. Lovely by the glass, paired with soft cheese, or paired with fish and poultry dishes. 147 cases made.
Embodying our motto, “We bleed orange and blue but drink red,” this wine is a nod to the family’s two generations of UVA alums. The 2015 vintage is a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 28% Pinotage and 2% Petit Verdot. Our only red blend for the 2015 vintage, this wine was bottled with very low sulfur for early drinkability. Soft fruit on the nose is perfectly matched on the palate with a lingering finish. No food required. 550 cases