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2010 Virage Bordeaux Blend
2010 Virage Bordeaux Blend

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Bottle Price $68.00

Quantity in Stock:1200


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A sultry blend of cool-climate Carneros merlot, about half Hyde Vineyards, blended with rich Cabernet Franc in Forward series soils in the Western hills of Rutherford.

The bottle reads "Rutherford" from blending & bottling with Jean Hoefliger and friends at Alpha Omega Winery. This is a new-world Virage blend thanks to a warm vintage--and perhaps Jean's influence! Black and deep red stone fruits and dark chocolate, laced with signature Virage minerality. As always, a bright mouth-watering finish leaves you wanting more...

But what a year. The very cool 2010 growing season took an abrupt turn for all of Napa Valley --even in our cool corner of Carneros --with a couple of severe heat strikes in August. A biodynamic winegrower friend warned me not to trim the sunburned shoulders too early! Should have listened. The final September searing heatwave added a layer of warmth over the slowly-developed flavors that we love from cooler-climate growing regions. Finishes with bittersweet cocoa and espresso. 622 cases produced.

2023 Notes: Stunned by the balance in this wine as it ages. Not as heady as the early years after release. Still vibrant fresh black cherry fruit, becoming more nuanced with bottle age, bringing out those familiar layers of minerality, graphite, toasty tobacco and leather. Beginning to feel like the beloved 2007. Far surpassing winemaker expectation.