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(2) x Vertical of Red Blends: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Plus (2) x 2012 BARREL SELECT
While they last! 2007 and 2008 running low...
2012 Virage Barrel Select - 750ml
$165.00 LIMITED SUPPLY
by Wine Enthusiast! The Barrel Select is something exceptionally special, bottled only occasionally.... This 2012 bottling celebrates the deep complexity and richness of a favorite hillside site. Of the nine barrels produced in 2012 from this block, the other eight are playing a major role in the 2012 blend. These precious 60 gallons were the special prize, aged over two years in French oak (a favorite Saury barrel, on its second fill), kept separate in rackings, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. No tricks, no new oak, this is exquisite primary fruit character. Sold only here, direct from the winery.
Tasting notes: Deep, dark aromas of cassis, luscious black fruit, leather & tobacco. On your tongue, the density is striking, this is a full-bodied, gooey-smooth wine. Mineral-rich black stonefruits and berries, all things "good bitter"--bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Finishing with slippery elm and powerful anise/black licorice with a beautiful menthol lift. The mouth-coating structure remains for a very long "finish"--it truly does not quit. Frankly, we knew it was special in the barrel, some magic definitely occurred, but tasting now (2017), I can't believe we made this wine. Dead ringer for a top Grand Cru Bordeaux. A special occasion wine; it will not disappoint the most serious collector. And all this structure and flavor packed into 13.9% alcohol. Ready to drink now (2017); no decant necessary.
Because it's unfiltered a bit of sediment will form around the cork/neck when stored upside down. Turn upright a day before drinking, and/or give a little wipe inside the neck before serving.
Grab a fine, aged cheese and a good friend.
Just 22 cases produced.
Six (6) 2015 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc 12.6% abv
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2008 Virage Barrel Select - 750ml
$72.00 SOLD OUT
This special 2-barrel lot was selected by the winery team for a separate bottling, after aging 29 months in 100% new Saury barrels. Sold direct from the winery only, this blend reveals a perfect marriage of smooth, dark, mineral-rich fruit flavors with the very smooth silken texture and sasparilla flavors of these pretty barrels. Ready to drink. Just 42 cases produced.
2007 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Our first release, Wine Enthusiast 92 pts and a Wine & Spirits YEARS BEST, Cabernet Franc leads this layered, complex Bordeaux-style blend. Expressive aromatics introduce rich pomegranate and black cherry mingling with graphite, fine tobacco, and a savory minerality reminiscent of a Right-Bank Bordeaux. With time in decanter, this built-to-age blend gains further weight and depth, developing an exquisite plushy texture and layers of deep black-fruit flavors, with espresso and bittersweet cocoa lingering on a mouthwatering finish. A special and complex wine which, like a great conversation, continues to evolve over the course of a relaxed dinner. Drink now or continue to cellar many years. 912 cases produced.
2012 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Single Bottle Price
Maybe the best Virage blend yet... Intense aromas of mocha, cedar and cassis pull you into a core of melting pomegranate molasses. Succulent, intoxicating bitters and mouthwatering minerality, the wine's acidity gives a sense of motion--flavors playing across your palate like a movie. A time-release finish that truly does not quit. This wine captures your attention. Built to drink immediately on release--blended in early 2014, aged a total of 26 months in barrel, then a year of bottle age. Truly pop and pour, no waiting/decanting required. Did I mention the endless finish? I'm so in love with this wine.
14.4% alcohol, ripe without fat. Only 322 cases of 2012 Virage was bottled, less than half of the wine available for blending; we truly shot for the moon here.
2011 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Concentrated fruit, complexity and elegance in 13.6% alcohol. Now THAT's Bordeaux style.... Rich pomegranate and cassis laced with signature Virage minerality. This 2011 growing season was especially cool for Napa Valley, but then it's always cool in Carneros (save for those two insane heat spikes late season 2010). Unforgiving rains at harvest made for tremendous extra work sorting grapes both in the field and at the winery, but gratefully even the higher-elevation blocks achieved optimal ripeness after a good long hangtime. Being a small producer, friends came along and we literally shook every vine ahead of the picking crew to drop out berries ravaged by botrytis--and then sorted some more on the table at the winery. Way too easy to drink right out of the bottle with no decant needed, but gains complexity and depth with oxygen. This is still a baby. Tasting in winter 2015/2016, it's literally still improving at 3-4 days open.
481 cases produced. 92 by W&S!! Beautiful review by WE - see our *PRESS* page. Silver Medal at the SF Chronicle Tasting. And a W&S YEARS' BEST!
2010 Virage Bordeaux Blend
An expansive, dense, rich wine that evokes a sense of celebration. This all-season warmer offers heady aromatics of roasted black plum and black cherry layered with dark chocolate, subtle baking spices, and toasted almond. From our same cool-climate sources, about a third from nearby Hyde Vineyards, yet a slightly 'riper' wine than the prior vintages. The bottle reads "Rutherford" on the back label from blending and bottling with our friends at Alpha Omega Winery. A big wine due to the warmer season, but as always, balanced by natural acidity, giving that dining-friendly, mouth-watering finish. This very ripe vintage was a surprise to many--a couple of severe heat strikes (105-110F, even in Carneros) followed a long cool growing season in the Spring and Summer of 2010. We were all pulling leaves earlier in the season, and weather once again had the final word. At our size, one determined winemaker spent literally two straight weeks snipping away, by hand, the sunburn & raisins on exposed fruit. And so we bask in the 'hearts' of those luscious clusters and enjoy the glow of the added layer of ripeness. A beautiful finish of fruit-laced bittersweet chocolate. Seriously tastes like Christmas in the glass. 622 cases produced. Best served at 65F.
2008 Virage Bordeaux Blend
A remarkably smooth crowd pleaser, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blended in Right Bank Bordeaux style. 2016 finds this wine drinking beautifully. Bosky black cherry laced with anise, leather and chocolate. Lovely straight out of the bottle, yet continues to evolve through the second day, fattens and deepens a bit, bringing out more dark-roasted coffee and focused chocolate notes. A little fruit, a little savory, and a lot smooth. A balanced wine works with any dish; the bright fruit with lighter meals, and dark flavors complement grilled and roast meats. Delicious with pork--a favorite at the 'pumpkin patch' BBQ in Napa. Grown in cooler-climate Carneros hillsides, this blend shows why we call Cabernet Franc
"the Pinot Lover's Bordeaux."
Smooth texture with savory layers like a good pinot noir--but more oomph.
2015 Virage Dry Rose
Truly Provencal style rosé with sheer apricot-blush color, expressive champagne-like aromatics of white peach kernel, guava, minerality and a seaspray character offering the perfect foil for shellfish. Mouthwatering, bright and dry finish. Our best effort yet. Only 308 cases produced. From the winemakers' hands to yours. Cheers!
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