Rkatsiteli is an ancient vitis vinifera grape that can be traced back to the country of Georgia, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. This grape is very versatile as it can be used for table wines, liqueurs, fortified wines or sparkling. After extreme cold temperatures killed off some of Horton Vineyard’s vines in 1996. Founder Dennis Horton sourced some cold hearty Rkatsiteli given their late bud break gives it the ability to make it through freezing winters.
Residual Sugar: 0.9%
Pairings: Perfect picnic wine.
Awarded: Best Eastern U.S. White by 2018 Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition
Horton Vineyards, Orange County (Virginia) Rkatsiteli 2016: This is primarily an East Coast grape variety popular in both New York and Virginia. Horton's expression of Rkatsiteli is brilliant. It delivers a stony minerality that is invigorating, but at the same time shows succulent aromas of nectarine and meyer lemon. This beautifully balanced wine exhibits crisp acidity that lifts the fruit and provides freshness and a clean finish. A Platinum award-winner at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Robert Whitley Jan 30, 2018
2018 The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition:
Best Rkatsiteli, Best of Virginia and Double Gold