Naked Mountain Vineyard

Naked Mountain Vineyard photo
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Editorial Review

Nevermind the funny name, this winery is another reflection of newcomers' impact on Virginia wines. In 2010, Randy and Meagan Morgan visited Naked Mountain, a Fauquier winery whose wines were served in the White House under presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. The couple were smitten, and when they learned the winery was for sale, snapped it up. Since then, they have been slowly remaking the three-decade-old winery in their own vision, enlisting a new winemaker and adding a greater diversity of wines.

It's all about appealing to a broader range of wine drinker, particularly young oenophiles not unlike themselves, says Randy Morgan, explaining why Naked Mountain has added a Beaujolais-style, light-bodied red and a few dry reds. The older vintages are still available for those who want to take home some of those award-winning offerings. (Do a reserve tasting here to get a better sense of the current winemaking style as well as the older vintages.)

-- Lavanya Ramanathan (Aug. 17, 2012)