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2008 Virage Barrel Select Blend - 750ml
Single Bottle Price: $72.00

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.
Virage 2007
2007 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Single Bottle Price: $60.00

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 powder 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 cellar for 10+ years.  912 cases produced.
2010 Virage Bordeaux Blend
Single Bottle Price: $54.00

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
Single Bottle Price: $52.00

Imagine a savory black cherry pie laced with licorice. Exceptionally smooth and seamless, this is our perfect restaurant wine--it works with everyone's order! Medium weight and perfectly balanced, the 2008 pairs nicely with salmon to roast meats. Particularly lovely with pork. Pretty pomegranate and red fruit layers complement vegetarian meals and midday dining. Grown in cooler-climate Carneros hillsides, this right-bank Bordeaux-style blend shows why vintner Emily Richer calls Cabernet Franc the "Pinot Lover's Bordeaux." Earthy and smooth like a pinot, but a little more oomph... Merlot adds the cocoa and espresso finish. Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast Magazine says "soft and melted.... currant, red stone fruit and licorice flavors are delicious and complex." We agree! Only 308 cases produced.
2013 Virage Dry Rose
Single Bottle Price: $26.00

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
Single Bottle Price: $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
Single Bottle Price: $24.00 SOLD OUT
 

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
Single Bottle Price: $24.00 SOLD OUT
 

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.