Posts Tagged Stinson Vineyards

2010 Stinson Vineyards Meritage, Monticello, Virginia

18-months in French oak cannot tame this blend of 40 percent Cabernet Franc, 30 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Petit Verdot. Presently very structured, with immediately present tannic bite and fresh plum fruit that... Read more

2011 Stinson Vineyards Sugar Hollow Red, Monticello, Virginia

Unlike its Sugar Hollow white counterpart, this entry-level Bordeaux style blend is flush with fruit and added complexity thanks to French oak finishing. Some might decry this as slightly “weak,” but the delicate balance here between wood, earth... Read more

2011 Stinson Vineyards Sugar Hollow White, Monticello, Virginia

Vidal Blanc with a touch of residual sugar. If you could design a white wine for the average non-wine-drinking consumer, this would be it. Very, very accessible, with shades of fresh citrus zest and that slight sweetness. MSRP: $15.99 (September... Read more

2011 Stinson Vineyards Chardonnay, Monticello, Virginia

Despite 25 percent new French oak, this wine – at least during my visit to the Stinson Vineyards tasting room – was bracingly acidic and nothing like the “short and subtle” written on the winery’s tasting card. Still, I found it delicious... Read more

2011 Stinson Vineyards Rose, Monticello, Virginia

Whoa – is this really Virginia wine? Stunning French-style rose crafted from 100 percent Mourvedre. Cranberry and raspberry flavors dominate at first, while a floral pea blossom note adds completeness. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a delicious... Read more

2011 Stinson Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Monticello, Virginia

French-style Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel and concrete; it’s refreshing to see a Virginia white that doesn’t just aim for flavors of melon, grapefruit and flowers. Here, we get additional notes of spring grass and young green... Read more