Petit Manseng is a wonderful grape to grow in Virginia, and one that as of yet has not found a consistent, signature winemaking style. They can vary from dry to quite sweet, with differing approaches on oak and aging. That makes it an exciting grape for our state, as winemakers are still working toward the best approach.
For us, Virginia Viognier stands amongst the most beautiful, exotic, and interesting Viogniers produced anywhere in the world. Within that framework, stylistically we are striving for as much texture and viscosity in the mid-palate as we can coax out of the grape, but without edging into the "oily" or "soapy" territory that the grape often inhabits. There is a magic space on the tightrope between getting the fruit ripe and still retaining a nice level of acidity, and we try to balance our Viognier right in the middle.
The goal with our Bethany Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is to produce an acid-driven, refreshing wine with a mid-palate density that reflects the quick ripening power of Bethany Ridge, more akin in many ways to Sauvignon Blancs coming out of the Loire. Each consecutive year we make slight adjustments both to the vineyard management, and with our cellar techniques, in order to move closer and closer to the zippy yet complex wine that we strive to make.
Our most structured Twin Notch Sauv Blanc to date, the 2022 shows aromatics of grapefruit and grass, with a lingering, mouthwatering bright acidity. With age, these vines are beginning to give us more length and intrigue with the wine. Available in limited quantity.
The bulk of this comes from the Weatherlea vineyard, which makes up the core of our rose production and produces highly aromatic, medium-bodied roses with pronounced acidity. We complimented the Weatherlea fruit with grapes from a 3rd leaf Cabernet Sauvignon block at Bethany Ridge, hoping to accentuate the zesty acidity and also add some complexity to the aromatics.
As per usual, our goal is to produce highly aromatic dry roses with texture. Notes of strawberry, peach, and melon.
60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Weatherlea Farm, Lovettsville, VA (Cabernet Franc,) Bethany Ridge, Waterford, VA (Cabernet Sauvingnon)
Russ Mountain produces what we would refer to as “mountain fruit” qualities in the wine – a brambly, spicey, very open and pronounced aromatic intensity followed by a dense and vibrant mid-palate. Our goal each year is simply to situate the canopy and vine health to hopefully promote the fullest ripeness the vintage will allow, so as to present Russ Mountain in its most expressive state.
The 2020 vintage marks our first bottling of the Bethany Ridge Cabernet Franc. This block was planted in 2018 making this Cab Fran a true third leaf production – the first of many to come. This wine is a deeply extracted and robust version of Cab Franc. Stewed red fruit and blueberry notes are predominant. We blend our Cab Franc with Petit Verdot to heighten the tannic structure and boldness of the wine.
Dutchman’s Creek is located north of Lovettsville, nearly up against the Maryland border, atop a rocky knoll above its namesake creek. Planted in 2014, Walsh Family Wine took over management of this vineyard in 2020 and has since expanded it to 10 total acres. As the Northernmost site that we farm, Dutchman’s Creek has as nice slowness to its ripening pattern, often with wonderful acidities in the red wines.
The 2021 vintage marks our third bottling of the Dutchman’s Creek Cabernet Franc. Thus far, this has been the most expressive and varietally-“correct” Cab Franc that we grow. Full of white pepper, brambly fruits, and with a wonderfully lush and vibrant finish.
The Loudoun County Cuvee is comprised of our most fruit-forward, low-tannin red barrels from each vintage. The goal here is to produce a “summer” red – light on its feet, bright, vibrant, and refreshing. More often than not this means the LCC is merlot-based, but not always.
Aromatics of bright, fresh red fruit – cherry, raspberry, and a touch of vanilla – lead into a medium-bodied, nicely acidic finish, still bursting with bright red fruits. Easy-drinking, a lighter-styled red wine showing wonderful youthful aromatics.
The 2021 Twin Notch Red is our third red bottling from the Twin Notch Vineyard. The red wine block at Twin Notch Farm was always intended to be used for a vineyard-specific red blend. The profile of the TNF red wine leans more on juicy red fruits, with very nicely ripened and integrated tannins. This wine is meant to have significant structure and aging potential.
This Cabernet Franc is a collaborative effort between two winemakers wanting to start a label embodying the spirit of quality wine making, representing the best Virginia has to offer in regards to winegrowing and bringing in artists and other creative folks into the fold to bring this bottle of Cabernet Franc together.
This highly aromatic, sweet vermouth is inspired by the nuanced and diverse flavor of roots. By capturing lesser-known regional plants with laboratory techniques, this vermouth bottles complex aromas experienced in nature to create a bright and floral vermouth that’s grounded with bitterness and notes of suede. The base wine is a blend of Merlot and Tannat produced by Walsh Family Wine in Loudoun County, VA paired with feature botanicals like Spicebush, Rose, Angelica, Mushroom (seriously), Carrot, and Gentian.
A botanical, sparkling cocktail in a bottle! Tomato Vine Spritz is a terpenic and vegetal effervescent aperitif wine. With notes of tomato leaf, angelica, honeysuckle, geranium, sumac, and hop in an apple wine base it's a celebration of a Mid-Atlantic late summer garden.