Favorite wines picked by the Inn at Little Washington’s wine director

Jennifer Knowles, wine director at the Inn at Little Washington, in Washington, Va., describes some of her favorite bottles of Virginia wine.

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Linden Vineyards’ 2010 Hardscrabble Chardonnay: Anything but confectionary.
Time in the glass brings out fruit
and hints of toasty hazelnut.

Michael Shaps’s 2012 Petit Manseng, Honah Lee: A dry white with slightly weighty texture and aromas of quince and persimmon that are lifted by a green-apple-like acidity.

White Hall Vineyards’ 2011 Pinot Gris: Overflowing with fresh green apple, crisp white peach and lemon creme — taste the complex layers of this variety.

Delaplane Cellars’ 2010 Left Bank Reserve: More merlot than cabernet, it has a core of rich cassis and crushed blackberries tempered by cocoa powder tannins and balanced acidity. Meaty and powerful.

Glen Manor Vineyards’ Hodder Hill 2010: The black plum and currant tones are striking and gorgeous. A bit of mocha and black cherry on the nose lingers on the palate.

RdV’s 2009 Rendezvous:
A come-hither wine, seductive
in its chocolate-covered-cherry aromas and its earthy complexity.

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