We are members of four different Virginia wineries were every quarter or so we receive three bottles. Some of the bottles we get are open to the public, others are coming soon, and some will never be released. Delaplane Cellars in Delaplane, Virginia is one of those and I didn’t realize that I had never reviewed a red. I have reviewed a rose and a bunch of whites. I have even reviewed their barrel-fermented Chardonnay of two different years.
The 2012 Delaplane Cellars Springlot is a blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. Delaplane Cellars, which has one of the greatest views in Virginia wine country, does not have any tasting notes on their website. I always try to say I am going to save the tasting notes sheet in the wine club deliveries but I have been a member for a year and a half and haven’t reviewed a red so that would be a lot of archives to go through.
Here is my review of there Bordeaux blend of many of Virginia’s get varietals.
Color – Deep dark red.
Nose – Cranberry, smoke, and leather.
Taste – Earthy, lots of black pepper, cranberries, blackberries, and rhubarb.
Finish – Medium to long with medium to high acid and bold supple tannins.
Overall, this is a really good earthy blend of some great Virginia wines. If there was ever a wine to compare to some of the earthy French Bordeaux greats. It is medium-bodied and a earthy delight. It is fairly complex and it is more than earthy but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.