Notes From the Winemaker - December 30th, 2013


2013, which will be an Octagon vintage year, came to a happy close here, and I sincerely hope it will for you, even as we look forward to a fine New Year in all our occupations. Luca, Fernando Franco, Scott Stubbs & Daniele Tessaro (L-R)On a personal note, my skill in trout fishing has still gone unreported, and isn't yet of very great concern even to the fish. But to become known at least for winemaking is not the saddest consolation, particularly if one can do it here, as I am fortunate to do. I am surprised but grateful to Vineyard and Winery Management, one of our leading professional journals, for identifying me among 20 leading individuals in North American wine. I hope that the company this places me in, will encourage them to return my call for help, I'm sometimes tempted to place. But to be able to turn to my viticulturist, Fernando Franco, and my associate in the winery, Daniele Tessaro, as well as a seasonal staff many years deep in experience with our vines, has furnished that indispensable assistance, to keep me off the telephone. 

Also, Wine Enthusiast published in its Best of Year buying guide, tasting notes which many of you might have anticipated. This short list contains wines being offered now, although the Petit Verdot Reserve 2010 is available only at the Tasting Room or online, and Octagon 2010, which will be released in Spring, 2014. All of the wines in this list will be available at the winery's two Vertical Tasting weekends, April 5th and 6th, and October 25th and 26th.

Petit Verdot Reserve 2010, 89 points (highest Virginia ranking)

Nebbiolo Reserve 2010, 91 points (highest Virginia ranking)

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010, 90 points (highest Virginia ranking)

Octagon 2010, 91 points (highest Virginia ranking) " aromatic patchwork of dark plum, cassis, and tar, plus baking spice, mocha and turned-earth details. Medium to full bodied, this selection shows impressive finesse that is characteristic of Barboursville wines, and the balance between its flesh and tannin-acid framework is spot on. Stash this one in the cellar for a few years. Cellar Selection."
 We extend our best wishes for your New Year, and express the hope that we may all celebrate its fruits together in peace.