This 100% Cabernet Franc is made in 100% French Oak barrels. It is a well-integrated lighter red wine that can be compared to a French Pinot Noir in body. The 2018 vintage is another great success for this Slater Run perennial favorite.
B A C K G R O U N D
First Bridge represents a balanced blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals, leading with Cabernet Franc, which is now widely regarded as Virginia’s most successful red grape. A food-friendly wine, the moderate alcohol level and smooth tannins
allow it to pair well with a wide variety of foods or to be enjoyed on its own. The label features a photograph of one of two bridges that were commissioned by owner Kiernan Slater Patusky's great grandfather George Meachem Slater along with three other farmer neighbors in 1919 to enable them to more easily move their cattle across the Goose Creek in two places to get them to the depot in Rectortown.
V A R I E T A L / V I N E Y A R D
44% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot 70% Grapes grown by Slater Run Vineyards - 100% Grapes grown in Virginia.
A G I N G
16 months aging in 100% French oak barrels with a combination of 12% new oak, 18% 1-year old barrels, 26% 2-year old barrels and 44% +2-year old barrels.
A W A R D S
GOLD MEDAL • Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition in 2019
SILVER MEDAL • International Women’s Wine Competition in 2019
SIVER MEDAL • San Francisco International Wine Competition in 2019
SIVER MEDAL • Harvest Challenge Wine Competition in 2019
The First Bridge 2016 is a 100% estate grown Bordeaux style blend that includes 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit Verdot, and 10% Merlot. Both the 2014 and 2016 Roots vintages won gold medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, in 2017 and 2019 respectively!
A 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon Blanc & 10% Muscadelle blend with a nose that opens into delicate notes of fruits and white flowers. On the palate, there is a balance between the Sauvignon Blanc's freshness and complexity which mingles with the Semillon Blanc and Muscadelle's texture and creaminess. The finish is marked by its mineralogy, typical of Kalian's terroir.
A sweet wine made organically with no added sugar from botrytized Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle grapes, fermented to 13% alcohol with 12% residual sugar. Monbazillac is traditionally served as an aperitif with appetizers, such as foie gras, prosciutto or blue cheese. It can also be enjoyed during a meal with poultry and seafood or with desserts, such as apricot tatin, poached pears, or strawberry salad.
This reserve Chardonnay is aged in oak for twelve months and offers an equally delicious alternative to our popular all steel fermented Chardonnay for those who like a some oaky smoothness in their Chardonnay.
This 2019 Cabernet Franc was produced without the addition of Sulfites. A young wine (possibly with some remaining Carbon Dioxide from alcoholic fermentation perceived while tasting), this Cabernet Franc has a full fruity expression and is meant to be drunk by 2021.