The nose is dominated by red fruits such as red currant, strawberry and raspberry, but there is also some vanilla and coconut that is derived from the ageing in oak. The palate is bright with good acidity, but the wine has plenty of structure and weight without being too cloying or heavy. The flavors are again in the red spectrum but there is some citrus or mineral aspects on the mid to back palate.
Do you have some of these wines in your cellar? Wondering how they may be ageing? Well now you don't have to open your bottle and just try these 5oz samples! Join Stephen as he tastes and walks you thru some of the older vintages you may be holding on to. In our April virtual season, you will taste the following:
April 6th - 2019 V2
April 13th - 2017 Petit Verdot Estate Reserve
April 20th - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Block 3
April 27th - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
100% Touriga Nacionale. This is a dry Provencal style wine has bright red fruits on the nose and palate, possessing lovely acidity while maintaining a long and lengthy finish. Perfect on its own during the warmer months or paired with shellfish and oysters on the half shell.
An inky purple wine with aromas of black and blueberries, with secondary aromas of plum, violet and herbs. Full bodied and dry with good acidity to ensure the wine is bright and fruit forward with just a link of oak.
A dry wine comprised of 71% Viognier and 29% Vidal Blanc, fermented and matured exclusively in stainless steel tanks. The nose is initially fruit forward with cantaloupe, melon and apricots, turning to more baking spice aromas with warmth and aeration. The flavors are centered around a core of yellow fruit, with good acidity creating balance with the long and weighty finish.
A tank fermented and matured Viognier, blended with 14% Vidal Blanc. The nose is floral, with underlying tropical notes of pineapple and papaya. The palate is richly textured, but with enough acidity to keep this wine bright and lively. The finish is long and lengthy with just a touch of sugar imparting sweetness on the finish. A perfect wine to pair with spicy asian foods, or grilled seafoods such as salmon and grouper
Les Vents d'Anges (L.V.A.), "the wind of angels" is a tribute to Genevieve de Beaubien, M.D., the beloved sister of Al Schornberg, owner of Keswick Vineyards. Pronounced the same as vendanges or "harvest", the label is a French play on words named by the matriarch of the Schornberg family, André. The wines bottled under this label are typically young wines made to be enjoyed in the moment and are very fruit forward and light in body.
The wine is gold in color, 100% clear with no sediment. The nose is amplified and rich with primary tones of honey, beeswax, ripe mango and apricot. Secondarily you get a touch of spiciness and floral components.
The palate is weighty and heavy without being cloying due to the elevated acidity of the wine. The oak is well integrated creating a wine that has balance and layers of flavors. The palate is sweet but again the acidity of the wine ensures this is not flabby, but rather racy and bright.
The finish is long and length without any bitterness or astringency.
A wine that I would serve extremely cold, paired with cheeses or desserts.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, grapes sourced from our partner vineyard in California, La Cienega Vineyards, and made here in Virginia by Stephen Barnard. The wine remains fruit forward with a slight hint of spice. The nose has an abundance of red fruits, crushed berries and hints of smoke. The palate reflects the higher acidity and cherry notes.
Les Vents d'Anges, "the wind of angels" is a tribute to Genevieve de Beaubien, M.D., the beloved sister of Al Schornberg, owner of Keswick Vineyards. Pronounced the same as vendanges or "harvest", the wines bottled under this label are typically fruit forward and delicate, sometimes with a hint of sweetness and not meant for aging. Rives Red serves also as a tribute to the Rives family who owned the land in the 1800's and commissioned the building of Edgewood Estate, the crown jewel of Keswick Vineyards. Amelie Rives lived in Castle Hill and has another label in her honor.
Dark Ruby red in color, with perhaps some purple tones. Beautifully extracted, showing no signs of sediment.
The nose is beautifully fragrant and floral with sweet ripe berries, violets, dried herbs, cedar, and pencil shavings. Beautifully complex and intricate and ever changing which is to be expected from a young wine. With some aeration, the shows a touch of leather or pipe tobacco.
The wine shows lovely acidity on the front before transitioning to the mid and back palate, showing ample tannins that are supple and silky. This wine has plenty of fruit, dominated by plum, black and boysenberry. The finish is long and drying that suggests this wine needs a few more years in the bottle to fully integrate.
This is not a massively extracted wine, it showcases more elegance and restraint and is perhaps more reminiscent of an Old-World version.
The wine has a deep color and is more ruby in appearance. The nose is profoundly expressive, with aromas of cherry, raspberry, tobacco, touch of cedar and graphite. With decanting and aeration, you get notes of bitter chocolate and violets. The tannins are soft and supple and there is good acidity which keeps this wine bright and lively, the oak is not aggressive at all, showing more restraint, balance and elegance. The flavors are typically red spectrum but there is focus and juiciness to this wine that I hope and think people will love. This will provide immediate enjoyment but will drink better in 3-4 years onwards. Food pairing: Roast lamb shank, Pork chops, Duck and Turkey
The flavors are typically red spectrum but there is focus and juiciness to this wine that I hope and think people will love. This will provide immediate enjoyment but will drink better in 3-4 years onwards.
The wine has a pale straw color with perhaps a greenish tinge to it. The nose is beautifully expressive with aromas of wet stone, flint, matchstick, citrus and stone fruits, and upon aeration and warmth, you get more topical nuances and perhaps a touch of butterscotch or caramel from the oak.
The palate is lively and vibrant with a good core of acidity on the entry with flavors of red apple skin, green apple, lemon, citrus and stone fruits. The oak provides some texture and weight with the finish quite long and length, but the influence of the barrel is kept to a minimum. This wine shows more tension and vivacity than previous years and showcases a style that we will be pursuing in the future.