Notes From the Winemaker - November 1st, 2012


Please excuse my ebullience in this message, but the news of our wines is especially good, and I am about to embark on a brief getaway to London for a celebration of our Cabernet Franc; to Lombardia to taste its leading sparkling wines; to our collaborative barrelmaker, Mauro Gamba, in Asti; and to my family in Piemonte for some rest. Of course I will be back for our annual Truffle Weekend on November 10-11, for which some seats are still available for Sunday's luncheon feast. Please accept my urging to reserve your place for this occasion, on the extremely special visit of Guest Chef Primo Piermarini from Umbria. 

For many of you, the spectacular news of the first Virginia Wine Summit, held in Richmond this October, will already be familiar. In a blind tasting by the public and leading wine experts from England and America, our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2009 was preferred over a leading exponent from the Loire Valley, and our Nebbiolo Reserve 2008 was unanimously selected over the same vintage from Vietti, a leading producer of Barolo in Piemonte. Full details of the experience arerecounted by Richmond's leading wine critic, here. Most encouraging to all of us from Virginia who participated, was the opportunity the Wine Summit afforded to one of the great wine critics of the last 25 years, Steven Spurrier of England's Decanter, to discover how well our wines represented their grape varieties. 

Further news of this character came to us from Chicago's Beverage Testing Institute, welcoming Octagon 2008with 92 Points and the Gold Medal in their tasting of Bordeaux blends. And from California, stunning consistency:

Cabernet Franc Reserve 2010:
Gold Medal, Sommeliers' Challenge

Nebbiolo Reserve 2009:
Gold Medal, Critics' Challenge 

Octagon 2009:
Gold Medal, Winemakers' Challenge
Gold Medal, Critics' Challenge
Platinum Medal, Sommeliers' Challenge

To speak of the wind at our back as I return to Europe this week is only to describe the zephyrs of our own terroir which will always draw me back. This is a wine region of growing renown in the world, and we are blessed to be present for its discovery. 

For Thanksgiving celebrations, then, allow me to propose a gorgeous 3-pack for your feast or for long-term aging in your cellar -- Octagon 2008Cabernet Franc 2010, and Malvaxia Passito 2007, the Double-Gold Medal, Best in Class triumph at San Francisco this Summer -- with free shipping for orders delivered in the State of VIrginia. Please e-mail or call the Tasting Room, offer expiring November 30th, [email protected] (540) 832-3824.