Nebbiolo is a grape that originates in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. Like the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines famously associated with this grape, Muse Vineyards' version is rich, full-bodied and chewy. Aging three years in new and neutral French oak has given this wine a fine finish with substantial tannins. The aroma and flavor are suggestive of truffles and violets. You can enjoy it now or lay it down for a few more years to develop and soften. Abv 14.6%
The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc harvest was the largest we have ever had at Muse. It's a difficult grape to grow in Virginia. Our summers can be too hot (fortunately the Shenandoah Valley is cooler than the rest of the Commonwealth)and it's an early budder, so often gets "nipped in the bud" so to speak with an overnight frost in April or May. We celebrate its bright citrusy nose. At 12.3% alcohol this wine is well balanced and makes a lovely apertif wine.
Petit Verdot, 2019, another excellent Petit Verdot from Muse Vineyards. Every vintage of Petit Verdot from Muse has won numerous gold medals in competitions from California to Virginia. As Robert Parker's Wine Advocate said when they rated the 2017 Petit Verdot at 90 points," it is beautifully focused and precise... and is a perfect food wine." 2019 was another strong growing year in the vineyard and over the next months we are confident we will see this 2019 rack up medals and satisfied consumers just as its sister vintage.
100% Chardonnay made using the Champagne method of early harvest at around 18 Brix. The wine is made using traditional Champagne labor intensive production methods, including hand harvesting, riddling, dosage and corking. Aged 24 months sur lie.
Calliope 2020 is sunshine in a bottle. A southern red Rhone blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, this wine is light bodied and approachable with light tannins and medium acidity. In 2019 Calliope was judged "best in category" at the Atlantic Seaboard wine competition. Alcohol 12.7%
A solid wine from a great vintage. Aged for over two years in French barrels, this Franc is a tribute to the gentle marriage of top quality tight-grained oak and pristine grapes. Its tannins are integrated and frame the fruit perfectly to produce lasting flavors on the finish. It is a mid-weight wine that complements food without overwhelming it.13.5% alcohol.
Used primarily as a blending grape in French Bordeaux wines Petit Verdot has come into its own in Virginia as a single varietal. Beloved by critics and consumers alike, this wine is proof that Petit Verdot has found the perfect home at Muse Vineyards in Virginia's dry Shenandoah Valley. 2017 was a warm dry vintage that produced gently ripened grapes. Pair with hearty meat or vegetable stews and dishes like spaghetti Bolognese. 14% alcohol.
Named for the humble "pichets" (wine carafes) of French cafes, this red wine is light-bodied, uncomplicated and refreshing. It is a blend of grapes produced exclusively at MUSE from our younger vines. It is fermented in stainless steel and bottled early. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy it as the wine of boulevardiers and resting Moulin Rouge dancers.
Roussanne returns to Muse after an absence of a few years when we were exclusively blending it with Marsanne and Viognier to make our Rhone blend called Thalia. A white grape variety, Roussanne is aged for one year in new and neutral French oak barrels. It has undergone a partial malolactic fermentation and has notes of peach and apple and a long finish. This wine is great to drink now, but could also be put in the cellar and enjoyed for the next several years. 12.4% alcohol
Erato, the goddess of Greek mythology derived her name from the word "lovely," which is what this aromatic, steel fermented wine is. The distinct aroma comes from a small portion of Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains grown on slate soils in our highest elevation vineyard. It is a splendid aperitif wine. 12.1% alcohol.