Early Mountain "Rise" 2015


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Alcohol: 14,5%

Grape(s): Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat 

Localization: Virginia, USA

Tasting Notes: Balancing power, concentration, and texture with aromatic complexity, detail, and flavors that range from deep and persistent to subtle and suggestive, echoing at the edge of the palate. On the nose, the fruits are deep and dark with Damson plum and wild blackberries accented by mint, cedar, and wood spice. On the palate, the flavors echo the aromas; structured and layered with ample and persistent tannin.

Notes: Aged 18 months in French barrel (50% new) and 18 months in bottle prior to release. Aeration recommended. Will develop and drink well from 2020-2033 if properly cellared.

The Domain: In a profession so steeped in history, it’s inevitable that we look to the past for inspiration. While our work is informed by knowledge and techniques developed in more established wine regions of the world, we also know a vine in Virginia does not root in the same soil as Europe or spread leaves into the same sun as California. When we understand grapes on their own terms, we create wines with identities that are compelling because the sun, the rain, the plant, the soil, and hands that touch these vines are unique to this place in Virginia.

This tactic of understanding drives our wine growing, and every year we learn from each block at each site. We take this to the cellar and do our best to make the wines the grapes want to be. As our vines get older, so do we, and with that comes the wisdom of age and our contribution to the emergence of Virginia’s wine culture.