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Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 5.42.57 PMWhen it is cold outside there is nothing better than a glass of red wine and a bowl of chili so when I woke up this past Sunday and saw that the winery closest to us was doing that I couldn’t help but go. By the way it was very good chili too. I think it is important to do things like that in order for a winery to attract more visitors.

I was really surprised about how many people were from the D.C. area visiting this winery. I notice that this winery’s selection of wines do not change to much year over year, which can be a good and bad thing. But I did overhear that they have planned a ton more acres. They are also opening a distillery soon.

My red wine and chili selection was the 2012 Old House Vineyards Cabernet Franc de Maison. Some of you may note that Cabernet Franc has become one of my most favorite grapes and I have two plants growing on the side of my yard.

Here is the description of the wine from Old House Vineyard’s website:

The cabernet franc grape has found an ideal home in the climate and soil of Virginia. The loose clusters ripen clean and smooth to bring spicy notes to the nose and fruity character to the palate.

Awards:
Bronze medal from the VA Governor’s Cup

So what did I think?

Color – Deep dark red with some transparency.

Nose – Dark fruit and black pepper.

Taste – Black cherry, spice, and black pepper.

Finish – Medium to long with medium acid and pretty bold tannins.

Overall, this is your staple Virginia Cabernet Franc with it’s dark notes and black pepper throughout. It is a little lighter than some but it still has lots of flavor and is easy to drink. This wine is good and I would be interested to try the next vintage from these vines.

Rating: B+

~Justin