Cornus Virginicus

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Cornus Virginicus

A special, limited release of Cornus Virginicus was crafted in tribute to Virginia agriculture. As part of the initiative, a donation is being made to both the Virginia FFA and Virginia 4-H state foundations. Released in conjunction with the 34th annual Virginia Wine Month, this limited bottling of 199 cases commemorates Virginia’s burgeoning wine scene and the agricultural art being perfected by winemakers across the Commonwealth. Cornus Virginicus is Latin for “Flowering tree of Virginia” and pays tribute to the Commonwealth’s official state flower and tree— the Virginia Dogwood— and Virginia’s farmers, growers and winemakers. Depicted on the front label, the Dogwood tree is symbolic of tradition, strength and beauty found throughout Virginia. The First Lady of Virginia, Suzanne S. Youngkin, chose the dogwood for her seal and the label for the first edition of this project to support multiple Virginia agriculture charitable organizations.

Toast the richness of the Commonwealth and celebrate the beauty of Virginia-grown food and wine.

Year

N.V.

Cellar Life

15yrs

This blend is coming from three outstanding wines, and two vintages, Merlot 2020, Petit Verdot 2020, and Cabernet Franc 2021. The 2021 Vintage: a unique and most challenging growing season, beginning with 8 nights of Spring frosts that reduced the yields. A wet late Spring, a record cold June followed by a very dry period in July, when we almost had to irrigate. Mid-Summer was a rollercoaster of rains followed by sunshine. At last we enjoyed a dry end of September for harvest. All white varietals show great aromatics, very fresh acidity, and medium structure. Our most reliable parcels of Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot rewarded our dedication with very elegant and age-worthy wines. The 2020 Vintage: the season opened in late March on a note of suspense - early bud break and frost threats, which were mitigated by our wind machines. Perfectly timed spring rains then allowed for a superior bloom of the clusters in early June. Ideally, from early July we received 7 weeks of very warm and dry weather. Manual watering took place in some parcels with low water retention, and in mid-August we received needed rain. Harvest took place at optimal ripening times between August 14th and September 21st. The 2021 weather gifted us with some of the most admirably balanced wines we have produced, reminiscent of the elegance we saw in Octagon 2009, winner of our 4th Governor’s Cup.

Fermentation 8-12 days on the skins in stainless steel
Maceration 10-15 days
Aging 8-12 months in French oak
Analysis Alcohol, 13.0%
Residual Sugars, 0.1%
Total Acidity, 0.54