Crisp, light and delicious. Our steel barrel-fermented dry Chardonnay features a nice balance between fruit and minerality, with notes of lemon and green apple on the finish. If you fall into the "I don't like Chardonnay" category, please allow us to change your mind with this refreshing Virginia Chardonnay.
Petit Manseng's thicker skin makes it a perfect white grape for Virginia's unpredictable climate. Our Petit Manseng shows off the varietal characteristics of the grape wonderfully. It has a full, rich flavor, pineapple notes and perhaps a touch of apricot, ginger, and herbs set against a nice crisp, dry finish. Petit Manseng is hard to find and easy to fall in love with. We recommend decanting this wine a half hour before serving to allow the complexity of the flavors to build.
Roses are back in fashion. Not sweet Roses, but the dry, subtle sophisticated Roses that are made with the same care as the region's best red wines. Our Dirt Road Rose is fully dry, with subtle red berry notes and a light, inviting finish. We make Dirt Road Rose from a gentle pressing of our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot grapes. The name and the label image come from our beloved quarter-mile gravel lane leading to our farm. When you travel down our dirt road you will find yourself transformed, as the hustle and bustle of normal life fade away in the dust behind you. So it is with our Dirt Road Rose...a glass or two will help you put your worries aside and remember life in its simpler, more pure form.
Pick Chardonnay grapes at the peak of ripeness. Crush and press into a neutral French oak barrel for fermentation. Once fermentation slows hit the batch with a nice brisk malo-lactic fermentation. After just the right amount of time in oak (with some occasional lees stirring), transfer to a steel tank to age. Bottle, re-age for another 8 months and serve. What do you get when you follow these instructions? The best Oaked Chardonnay in Virginia (2019 Virginia State Fair Best-in-Class winner). Our Oaked Chardonnay presents a soft, buttery complexity with notes of vanilla and wonderment that pairs perfectly with pesto pasta, Alfredo sauce, scallops, fish, chicken, cheese and just about anything else you can throw at it.
Some call it "Vee-on-yeah", others "Vee-Og-Near", and we call it "Vinny" around Mountain Run. It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, since this floral Virginia wine is a crowd-pleaser. Our Viognier features a pronounced peach & honeysuckle nose and a touch (0.8%) of residual sugar to bring it all together. Perfect for white wine drinkers who don't want their wine too sweet, or too dry.
Our Traminette is the perfect combination of floral and tropical aromatics and the right level of sweetness to please any sweet wine drinker. At 4% residual sugar, you'll get a super aromatic nose with notes of lychee, rose & elderflower over a layered, delicious sweetness. A wine like this is the reason that they invented Summer days on the porch, sitting on the deck of a boat or heck, just hanging around the kitchen. Pairs wonderfully with spicy Thai and Indian curries as well.
Merlot as a varietal, is like the pepperoni pizza of the pizza world. Sure, there are fancier pizzas out there (ham & pineapple?!) but at the end of the day you want some with big flavor that isn't just a flash-in-the-pan trend. Our Merlot has a bold, long flavor with a subtle cherry note complemented by a healthy dose of American oak. At 14% ABV this wine has the oomph to stand up to flavorful pizza (pepperoni anyone?) and hearty pasta dishes.
Our top-selling red year after year! We blend Merlot for the body, Cabernet Franc for the nose, Cabernet Sauvignon for the guts & Petit Verdot for the color and tannins to give this Bordeaux-style blend a structured, tannic, full and complex flavor. This isn't just a solid red blend, its one of the best red blends in Virginia (and we've got the medals to prove it). Meritage is a portmanteau of "merit" and "heritage", and our Meritage truly is a combination of our most meritorious grapes and our agricultural heritage.
Our signature blend of Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon, taking notes of leather, tobacco and dill from the Cab and a touch of clove from the Norton. This wine, celebrating the Culpeper Minutemen and the kick-ass style of freedom they represent, sells out every year, and for good reason! If you love steaks, cigars, fast cars, amber fields of grain, hunting bucks, big flavorful dry reds and this great country of ours, then this wine is for you. Oh, and it pairs wonderfully with venison and other wild game, as if you needed another reason to love it!
If Chardonnay is the Queen of grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon is the King. Long Live the King! Our Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon has the notes of leather & tobacco that define a really great Cab. This is a great steak wine, a great cigar wine, and truly age-worthy. We recommend buying two, one to drink now and one to hide under your bed for two years. Trust me, you wont be let down, and for $28 this wine is a steal!
Our most popular white wine is the delicious Culpeper LOVE. This off-dry Chardonnay/Viognier blend is at the perfect sweet spot between crisp, refreshing, sweet and flavorful. Originally made in celebration of the "Virginia is for Lovers" 50th anniversary in 2019, this wine is back for 2020 and is outstanding.
Looking for our biggest, boldest, most flavorful wine? Well buddy, you've clicked on the right button. Our Petit Verdot is big, as dark as ink, full of stone fruit flavors, tannic in all the right places on your tongue and weighing in at a whopping 14.3% ABV…this is everything a Petit Verdot should be. Want to know what to pair it with? Meat. The rarer the better.
This wine is a steal at $32, so buy two: drink one now and put the other one down for two years and you will not be disappointed!
Its a beautiful blue-sky day, with warm sun beaming down between little puffs of wispy clouds. Your friends are all there, laughing, sharing stories, and just enjoying being outside together. This is the perfect time to crack an ice-cold Dog Rock Rose. With notes of strawberry up front, grapefruit on the finish, and a crowd-pleasing level of sweetness (1.5% residual sugar), you can't help but make memories when you enjoy a glass of Dog Rock with your friends. We make this magical concoction from a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Crimson Cabernet grapes, and you wont find flavors like this anywhere else.
Our Cabernet Franc has a great aroma of violets, that characteristic red pepper spice on the tongue, noticeable tannins and a light body all tied together with 8 months in French oak. If you are a Cabernet Franc fan you can't go wrong here. Great with dinner, or just a glass by itself when the feeling strikes.
Ernest Hemingway was a great man--a man's man, if you will; and if he were around today, he'd be drinking our Shiraz. Smokey, dark, deep, yet soft and somehow subtly mysterious. This is a wine that pairs wonderfully with greasy BBQ, ribs, burgers and grilled veggies, and even better with mystery and intrigue, and the pondering of deep and profound thoughts. You won't find too many Shiraz's in Virginia, and maybe that's for the best, because a wine this provocatively good ought to be rare.
Chambourcin is a hybrid grape that was cross-bred over a century ago to grow better in the more volatile climate of the New World. It grows wonderfully in Virginia and every winery does their Chambourcin differently. We treat ours with the respect this versatile grape deserves, and it rewards us year after year with flavors of cherry, plum and smoke from the toasted French oak. Our Chambourcin is labelled "Culpeper Heritage" and features Civil War-era photographs from around Culpeper. We recommend decanting for two hours before serving to let the wine breath, soften and to better unlock all of its secrets.