2013 Virage Rose
2011 Bordeaux Blend
2007 CabFranc/Merlot Blend
2008 CabFranc/Merlot Blend
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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 92-point first release, a Wine & Spirits Magazine 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. Espresso and bittersweet cocoa linger in the mouthwatering finish. A special and complex wine that, like a great conversation, continues to evolve throughout dinner--and on to the next day. Drink now or continue to cellar several years. 912 cases produced.
2011 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Exquisite fruit concentration, complexity and balance in 13.8% alcohol (really). A wine to challenge appellation-wide vintage criticism. It was a cool vintage but it's always cool in Carneros. No joke, the rains at harvest were a nightmare, but we had optimal ripeness after a good long hangtime, and we're small, so we literally shook every vine ahead of the harvest crew to remove botrytisized berries. The wine offers deep, rich dark stone fruits laced with signature Virage minerality and bittersweet cocoa. Dinner friendly and just way too easy to drink right out of the bottle with no decant needed. We've given it a 2-year aging in bottle before release.
481 cases produced. Early reviews are in - 92 by W&S Magazine!!
2010 Virage Bordeaux Blend
A lush blend from our same cool-climate Virage sources, about a third of the grapes from nearby Hyde Vineyards. Produced from bud-break to bottling by the current Virage team, the bottle reads "Rutherford" on the back label from blending and bottling with our good friends at Alpha Omega Winery. Deliriously engaging aromatics introduce deep red and black stone fruit layered with dark chocolate and toasted almond. A big wine, but as always, bright acidity on the mouth-watering finish, leaving you hungry... The very cool growing season of 2010 caught all of Napa Valley a bit overexposed in the vineyard (even in Carneros) with severe heat strikes at season's end, which for us --once we snipped away the raisins--added that layer of ripe lushness over the slowly-developed flavors that we love from cooler-climate growing. An endless finish of fruit-laced bittersweet chocolate. 622 cases produced. Best served at 65F.
2008 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Imagine black cherry pie in a toasted almond crust --with a fine layer of baking chocolate. Exceptionally smooth and seamless, this is our perfect restaurant wine--it works with everyone's meal. Medium weight and balanced. A little fruit, a little savory, a lot smooth. Pretty pomegranate and red fruit layers complement lighter fare or midday dining. Grown in cooler-climate Carneros hillsides, this right-bank Bordeaux-style blend shows why vintner Emily calls Cabernet Franc the "Pinot Lover's Bordeaux." Earthy and smooth like a pinot, but a little more
. Merlot adds the cocoa and espresso finish. Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast: "soft and melted.... currant, red stone fruit and licorice flavors are delicious and complex. Drink up!" We agree. 308 cases produced.
2014 tasting update: a surprise to us who were 'drinking up,' this wine at 2 days open (decanted, then re-corked back into a cool spot to quietly open up) becomes focused, streamlined dark cocoa and black licorice. Yum! So, all of the above true on opening, but with patience comes more weight and chocolateyness. Cheers!
2013 Virage Dry Rose
WE Best of Year! Capturing the essence of Southern French rosé with our fourth vintage, the 2013 Virage is sheer, delicate and delightful. Aging on the lees brought out chalky, mineral aromas similar to a sparkling brut rosé. This wine is bone dry, clean and refreshing, with a polished satin texture. White peach, guava and melon and delicate minerality. Perfect for brunch, lunch and first courses year-round. Pair fearlessly with delicate seafood--sashimi, ceviche, freshly-shucked oysters. Amazing with crab. 420 cases produced.
2012 Virage Dry Rose
$24.00 SOLD OUT
90WS! The most flavor-packed Virage rosé. A crisp, refreshing fine wine produced by southern French method as always. The very expressive aromas--stone fruit, tangerine, papaya, pink grapefruit--all come through on the palate, carried in a crisp structure, finishing with citrus zest and a hint of minerality. Fuller body than 2011. This lively wine shows the benefit of grapes harvested early, specifically for rosé. The berries were de-stemmed, macerated overnight, then pressed after a little color and flavor released from the skins. Fermented slow and cool in small stainless drums to preserve delicate aromas. Think crab cakes, paella, salumi, salads, grilled salmon, grilled anything. Fabulous with sushi. Grab a California roll and discover dry rosé. Only 126 cases produced.
2011 Virage Rose
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Crisp, bright dry rosé of cabernet franc offering delicate, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of hibiscus, quince and citrus. An engaging, lively wine from whole-cluster pressed grapes harvested specifically for rosé. In 2011, the very cool growing season delivered a pale, elegant beauty. This is decidedly French-styled rosé--pressed after a short maceration for a hint of color from the skins, then fermented at cool temperatures in small stainless steel drums to preserve delicate aromas and fresh flavors.
Like a sparkling wine, dry rosé complements brunch, lunch and most any hors-d'oeurves or "first course" fare. Stunning with shellfish--crabcakes, grilled shrimp, fried calamari, cioppino, sushi and ceviche. The lively minerality also complements cured meats and smoked salmon. Emily's signature pairing: prosciutto-wrapped green honeydew skewered with french feta, fresh mint and a bit of preserved lemon (see photo). 138 cases produced.
2010 Virage Rose
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A vibrant, crisp rosé to complement summer foods--grilled seafood, sushi, spicy sausage, herbed chicken, pork tenderloin. Flavors of juicy red fruit, hibiscus tea, and key lime in finish. Mouth-watering and refreshing. Cabernet Franc whole-cluster pressed to rosé contributes bright acidity blended with a "morning-after" saignee from our Carneros Merlot. We call it "the cosmo you can take to dinner." Only 56 cases produced.
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