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Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 5.54.08 PMIn Virginia, you could be driving to some winery that you have been really wanting to go to and find yourself stopping at 2 or 3 that you didn’t even know existed. That happened to us a few months back in Sperryville, Virginia with Sharp Rock Winery. How would you like to stay at an isolated bed and breakfast with a choice of a bottle of wine included with your room? You can here.

Super small winery, this place has a very friendly atmosphere. We spent a lot of time talking to the owner and, of course, tasting their wines. We bought a few to take home and today’s review is their 2011 Sharp Rock Vineyards Pinnacle, which is a blend of 53% Malbec and 47% Merlot. Interesting blend to try as I have never seen a near 50/50 Malbec/Merlot blend. It is also their most expensive wine coming in at $28 a bottle.

Here is what the winery has to say about the wine:

This priority blend of our Malbec and Cabernet reveals flavors of berry fruit, spice, and a long smokey finish.

Okay so not a whole lot there but something to work with. What did I think?

Color – Deep Ruby Red

Nose – Very earthy, and my wife both her and I go pine, cinnamon and cranberries.

Taste – Bursting red cranberries with a little chocolate and cinnamon on the palate.

Finish – Medium with medium to low acid but medium to high tannins.

Overall, this wine had some very different flavors to it that it is almost hard to explain in words. The long smokey finish they talk about I got but oddly enough only when my mouth was dry for another sip. It is a very unique wine that is for sure and I swear my Christmas tree was no where near me when I first smelled pine.

Rating: B