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