Virginia Dare 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir comes from Geyserville in California’s Sonoma County and reflects the heritage of its founders, two businessmen from North Carolina who created that state’s first commercial winery known as Medoc Vineyard. It opened in 1835, producing wines with the Virginia Dare label, which became one of the country’s top sellers.
Today, The Family Coppola has revived the label with its charm and hint of old-fashioned American ingenuity. They seek to combine top contemporary winemaking techniques with the classic spirit of the brand.
The Virginia Dare name comes from Virginia Dare, born in 1587 to English parents in the Lost Colony of Roanoke, VA.
The weather in 2014 was ideal and veraison, the time the grape berries soften, took place rapidly, ensuring a great vintage, says The Coppola Family.
This vintage displays traditional notes of cassis, black raspberry, and spice, with a “cranberry acidity.” Winemaker Sandy Walheim played with the aromatics, he says, and flavors, and worked with French oak to create what he calls an “exemplary” wine.
The vintage, which has good tannins and oak, offers notes of sandalwood along with black and red cherries, plum, and blueberry. The resulting wine was 12.9 ABV, and is 100 percent Pinot Noir. Visit www.VirginiaDareWinery.com.