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Wine Spectator Wine Enthusiast
Rose of Cabernet Franc 2012
90 Crisp and focused, with aromas of apricot and wild flowers, plus structured watermelon, mineral and spice flavors. Drink now.

--Tim Fish, August 2013
92 Virage 2007 Napa Valley This first release from the winery is a fine Bordeaux blend based on Cabernet Franc. It shows all the hallmarks of a cooler-climate Napa Valley wine in the dryness, refined tannins and herb-inflected cherries and blackberries. An elegant, balanced wine that should develop over the next 5–7 years. --Steve Heimoff, April 2011
Robert Whitley TASTING PANEL
93 Virage, Napa Valley (California) Napa Valley Red Wine 2010:Drop this vintage of Virage into a blind tasting and my guess is most wine enthusiasts, even the experts, would peg it for a Bordeaux. In that sense, Emily Richer's "Right Bank" project is a mission accomplished. She has embraced the model of St. Emilion, where Cabernet is difficult to ripen and thus Merlot and Cabernet Franc rule, to produce a superb Bordeaux-style blend with two grapes that often don't get the respect they deserve, especially in California. This vintage exhibits the telltale herbal, savory nuance of Cab Franc, but on the palate it seems the Merlot takes over with aromas of plum and red currant. There is a light touch of spicy oak and the tannins are firm, but this wine has every right to improve over the next decade or so. Well done. Robert Whitley Oct 7, 2014
91 Virage 2010 Napa Valley. Ripe plum, blackberry and cassis; lush with spice and subtle oak; elegant and balanced with lively fruit and excellent depth; long and lovely. 56% Cabernet Franc, 42% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. -Anthony Dias Blue (Oct 2014)
Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine Enthusiast
YEAR'S BEST Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends (Dec 2011)
91 "BEST BUY" Virage 2007. Cabernet franc and merlot-based blend from cooler sites in the Napa Valley. It's clean and bright, with bosky cherry flavors and vibrant rose scents. Tight and youthfully rich, this will benefit from several years in the cellar. (Apr 2011)
88 Virage 2008 Napa Valley [excerpts] "Soft and melted.... currant, red stone fruit and licorice flavors are delicious and complex... Drink up!" --Steve Heimoff, 2013
TASTING PANEL Good Grape

90 Virage Rosé, Napa Valley 2011: "Pale pink; juicy and fresh with racy acidity and zesty fruit; dry, tangy and long with lift and lots of charm."  Anthony Dias Blue July, 2011


94 “Focused on re-shaping the perception of Napa as a hot weather Cabernet Sauvignon playground, Virage is poised to be a breakout star of 2010. ” 

--Jeff Lefevere, GoodGrape.com
Cellartracker Wine Review Online
"94 Perfectly balanced and lilty with a purity and focus that tip toes over mind-boggling, this was a lite to mid-weight wine initially but after about an hour gained some weight as well as some black fruits of currants and black plum. A luscious and plush CF blend that has structure, breed and elegance."

--Mike Pobega, aka "King Cab"

92 Virage, Napa Valley Red Wine 2007: I suppose there might be somebody out there who could fail to enjoy this wine, but it is so pure and balanced and beautifully ripened that I’d have to conclude that any detractor had indeed “failed” to enjoy the wine. ... “blended in the Right Bank tradition,” it shows very appealing notes of black cherries and plums, with a pleasant leafy backnote and accents of pencil shavings, toast and dark chocolate. Michael Franz Nov 23, 2010


1WineDude
"If it seems odd to be making a Right Bank Bordeaux style blend out of Napa, most of your trepidation should dissipate after a taste of Virage; it’s a solid wine with a lot of personality."

--Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com