|The new label|
The good news is that the winery opened again on September 4 after being closed for a year due to the two devastatingly cold winters this area experienced in 2014 and 2015. In short - there were no grapes. The sad news is that the vineyard is no more. It could not recover from those two bad winters. Additionally the winery has new ownership, and the land where the vineyard was has been sold to different ownership. The new owners of the land do not intend to replant the vineyard. The estate grapes are gone. Very sad.
|Viognier grapes before the two bad winters|
|A row of cabernet vines|
There is a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (53%) and Semillon (47%) blend made from grapes purchased from Washington state. There is mellow apple, some citrus and green figs on the nose. The figs really came through to me in the taste of the wine. This is much fuller bodied than the Pinot Gris. It was unquestionably my favorite of all the wines. 14.8% alcohol. 258 cases produced. At $13.99 it is the best buy of all of the wines.
The last wine in my case was a 2013 Chambourcin from the McCafferty Bridge vineyard from the Ohio River Valley. Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid that survives the winters in this area. It is a very full bodied wine with dark color. It attacks the palate on the first few sips with tannin and grip, but it quickly mellows to dark fruits. I got a bit of mushroom in the wine. It is not for the faint of heart. I am usually not a fan of the hybrid grapes, but I can make an exception for this wine. It is sold under the River Village Cellars label. 12.8% alcohol. 111 cases produced. $11.99.
There are three other wines available that I did not purchase.
A 2014 Rousanne-Viognier was made from Washington state grapes. The mix is a little strong on the Rousanne for me. Good wine, but I would have preferred more Viognier. And there were two vintages of Traminette available on the River Village Cellars The 2013 I already had in the cellar. The 2014, at 2.9% residual sugar, is a better wine. The acid is better and makes this a better wine. Both are $9.99.
|The vineyard house|