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Wine of the Week – Virginia Dare 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir


Virginia Dare 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir comes from Geyserville in California’s Sonoma County and reflects the heritage of its founders, two businessmen from North Carolina who created that state’s first commercial winery known as Medoc Vineyard. It opened in 1835, producing wines with the Virginia Dare label, which became one of the country’s top sellers.
Today, The Family Coppola has revived the label with its charm and hint of old-fashioned American ingenuity. They seek to combine top contemporary winemaking techniques with the classic spirit of the brand.

The Virginia Dare name comes from Virginia Dare, born in 1587 to English parents in the Lost Colony of Roanoke, VA.

The weather in 2014 was ideal and veraison, the time the grape berries soften, took place rapidly, ensuring a great vintage, says The Coppola Family.

This vintage displays traditional notes of cassis, black raspberry, and spice, with a “cranberry acidity.” Winemaker Sandy Walheim played with the aromatics, he says, and flavors, and worked with French oak to create what he calls an “exemplary” wine.

The vintage, which has good tannins and oak, offers notes of sandalwood along with black and red cherries, plum, and blueberry. The resulting wine was 12.9 ABV, and is 100 percent Pinot Noir. Visit www.VirginiaDareWinery.com.



Wine of the Week – Dashwood Pinot Noir 2013

The well drained soils and mild temperatures of New Zealand provide a great climate for winemaking. At Dashwood, a brand of Vavasour Wines created in 1989, the goal was to blend grapes from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough.
The Pinot Noir 2013 is a lighter red, ideal for those who don’t want to abandon red wines in the summer months. Elegant, with notes of blackberry, plum and cherry, it’s bold and well balanced with soft tannins and good structure. The fruits yield vibrant flavor. The wine, which is 13.5 percent ABV, makes the perfect complement to a variety of dishes from roasted chicken to salmon, duck and pastas.

A large wine named for a huge dinosaur!

Gargantuavis Pinot Noir 2010 from the Languedoc-Roussilon’s Limoux is a huge wine – much like the Mesozoic dinosaur it’s named for from 70 millions years ago that was seven feet high and weighed 310 lbs. It’s skeletal remains were found in the region’s earth – the vineyard’s red soils.
The name is apt for this is a large wine with a richness and depth of flavor.The wine ages 12 months in barriques, 20 percent of them new. The toasty flavors have a cherry nose. It’s an elegant wine with finesse.
The cellar, Anne de Joyeuse, practices sustainable wine growing and has been “protecting the planet” since 1994.
The name Garagntuavis Phyloinos means Gargantua bird who loves wine! The history of Vin de Pays d’Oc wines goes back to the fifth century and the vineyards are among France’s oldest. In MA, distribution is through Winebow, Inc. in Somerville.