Today you wake up and decide you are buying a winery, which happens quite often in Virginia. Making a profit in the Virginia wine industry, I hear, is very tough. The curious thing is when you buy a winery and take it over, there is leftover inventory so what do you do with it? It is not like being at the hardware store because your distributors hammer is your distributors hammer. But wine is a taste that you are putting your brand name on and they may like the direction you are taking the winery but are tasting the old unsuccessful guys wine.
In Virginia, I have seen it relabeled and sold to other wineries in the case of Trump buying Kluge and it being sold to Barren Ridge to resale. I have seen just massive discounts on decent wine before when Sweeley was taken over by Early Mountain. In the case of First Colony, they were serving some wine from their new label and some of their previous.
I would imagine that they are not ashamed to be offering the wine because, when I took the class with them, they said that both the winemaker and the vineyard manager are the same. This brings us to their 2006 First Colony Winery Merlot.
This wine is no longer on their website, but there are some other good wines. I have reviewed four of them and none have gotten less than an A-.
So how was it?
Color – Bright ruby red.
Nose – Earthy notes of leather and oak with some red fruit.
Taste – Luscious red berries with a hint of vanilla.
Finish – Medium to long with high acid but soft tannins.
Overall, this is another great hit. It is medium to full-bodied and kind of simple but it is very smooth. The flavors it does have are very good. It has a great mouth feel as well and still could be aged for a while. They keep the streak alive.