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Wine & Spirits Aug2015 Wine Enthusiast 14 Rosé
BORDEAUX-VARIETY BLENDS
92 Virage 2011 Napa Valley. "Emily Richer started off as a cook in Napa Valley before transitioning to wine, establishing her label based on a collection of vineyard sources in the northeastern corner of Carneros, a relatively cool sector of the valley. This 2011, mostly cabernet franc (69%) and merlot (27%), achieved a pure cassis refinement, a tight and elastic texture that carries a glow of red fruit. The flavors are open and clear, the wine approachable now and balanced to mature well."
Dry Rose' of Cabernet Franc 2014 Napa Valley
"A direct-pressed wine, this has a pretty copper-pink color. It is intense in cranberry and subtle herbes de Provence, with notions of fresh-cut grass and tart Meyer lemon. Young, it needs time in the glass to reveal its complexity and range of flavor. The finish is dry and succulent on the palate."— (9/1/2015) — 87

Check Please! Apr2015 Wine Enthusiast 13 Rosé
2013 Virage, Rosé, Napa Valley, California. "Being a pink wine lover, I was impressed by the elegance and purity of this rosé. Its deep salmon hue is reminscent of great rosés of southern France. Admiring the color, however, is only the beginning. Mineral aromas and underlying complexity make it a serious drink, but the mouthwatering, succulent flavors make it seriously fun to sip. Serve as an apertif on Friday, alongside Sunday brunch, or simply with Tuesday take-out." --Leslie Sbrocco, Season 10 Permiere, April 2015
BEST of 2014! Dry Rose' of Cabernet Franc 2013 Napa Valley
"A direct-pressed rosé, this wine is dry, light and under 13% alcohol.... it offers touches of grass and herby minerality, faint swirls of white peach playful on the tongue. Served chilled, this makes a delightful apéritif to go with oysters on the half shell." --V.B.

Wine Spectator 12 Rosé TASTING PANEL Oct2014
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
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. -Anthony Dias Blue
Robert Whitley 10 Red Wine Enthusiast 10 Red
93 Virage 2010 Napa Valley Red Wine: 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
87 Virage 2010 Napa Valley. "From a challenging Napa Valley vintage, this red is made in what the winemaker calls a “Right Bank” style, blending 56% Cabernet Franc with 42% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards such as Hyde in Carneros. The wine is brimming in dark plum and severe chocolate and cherry, with a reasonable amount of grip."
— V.B. (11/1/2014)
Wine & Spirits 10 Red Years Best! Wine Enthusiast 2007
YEAR'S BEST Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends (Dec 2014)
88 "BEST BUY" Virage 2010. Emily Richer bases this blend on cabernet franc, and merlot grown at Hyde Vineyards in Carneros; focusing on cool-climate sites, she makes the wine at Alpha Omega with Jean Hoefliger. There's a touch of raisining from the late-season heat spikes, but overall this feels rich and supple, the dark plummy fruit holding some bright flavor complexity. It's smooth enough that if you like a glass of red before dinner, this is a pleasure to drink, while still structured enough to settle in when the food arrives.
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
Wine & Spirits 2007 Red Wine Enthusiast 08
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 11 Rosé Cellartracker 07

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 Virage 2007 Red Blend Napa Valley. 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"
Wine Review Online Good Grape 07

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


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
1WineDude
2007 Virage Napa Valley.  "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