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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 1.40.56 PMBarboursville Vineyards located in Orange County, Virginia is one of the biggest wineries in Virginia. Even though it is located only about 35 minutes from my house, I have never visited there and should put it on my list. Visiting their website showed me that their range of wines are a lot bigger than I thought. I was shocked to see our local Walmart carrying their wine but they only carried a few different varietals.

I recently bought the 2013 Barboursville Vineyards Merlot from Walmart for a very reasonable price. I think it was under $15 dollars. The winery’s website actually has it for $14.99, which is a pretty good price for a Virginia wine.

Barboursville has a very nice website and here are their tasting notes on this wine:

Established as one of the estate’s most important and consistent varietals, this classic Merlot is one of our most popular wines, for its very gratifying palate and food pairing manners. Supple, silky, yet with attractive tannic grip, the wine is forthcoming with luscious aromas and flavors which suggest it most frequently in everyday dining, and when a glass by itself is desired.

Limited oak aging offers bright and fresh red berry flavors, very forthcoming aromas of fresh fruit. Medium body and pleasingly tame, gentle tannins.

So what did I think?

Color – Medium garnet red.

Nose – Cherries, pomegranate, and a hint of mocha.

Taste – Cherries, raspberries, and that mocha again.

Finish – Medium to long with medium to high acid and bright supple tannins.

Overall, this is a very medium-bodied wine that looks lighter than it tastes. For Virginia, this can be pretty typical being that we have that cool wet climate. The wine is very approachable even though it is young and is an easy drinking wine. I would hope to expect more earth from this one in the future.

Rating: B+

~Justin