This past weekend I hit the Monticello Wine Trail with fellow wine bloggers John & Megan Witherspoon of Anything Wine and Frank Morgan of DrinkWhatULike. The Monticello Wine Trail consists of twenty-four wineries, and this time of year, autumn's colorful brilliance, combined with narrow and twisty country roads and spectacular mountain scenery, makes this one of the most popular wine destinations in Virginia. Our plan was to visit three wineries per day so we could spend some quality time at each talking to the winemakers and staff, tasting their wines, and learning more about their respective operations.
Mountfair currently has five acres of red wine Bordeaux varieties under vine and also source fruit from nearby vineyards. One vineyard in particular where fruit is sourced is Mount Juliet in Albemarle, which is an established and sought after fruit source for a number of Virginia producers. After enjoying samples of the two white wines, we moved on to the tasty Bordeaux- style blends. We started off with the Inaugural 2006, a Cabernet Franc-based red wine blend with percentages of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. This wine is silky smooth with inviting red fruit, spice, cracked pepper and lite toast aromas. The Inaugural was followed by the Composition 2007, my personal favorite, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine with percentages of Merlot and Petit Verdot, offering delicious dark cherry, plum, and spice aromas with a soft tannin structure in a medium-bodied wine. The next wine, the Wooloomooloo 2007 (try saying that fast), is a Petit Verdot-based wine with percentages of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This wine offers crushed berry fruit (blueberry & blackberry) and earthy aromas and round medium tannins that fill out the palate with a nice lingering finish. The Petit Verdot definitely gives this wine an attractive deep purple color too. Conclusion: Mountfair Vineyards is making some pretty delicious Bordeaux-style blends with depth and complexity - no doubt. Additionally, it is good to see a fairly new winery, unique in personality (Bordeaux red blends only), come out the gates with a number of delicious wines.
Up Close & PersonalIn closing, I recommend a scenic drive to Mountfair Vineyards if Mother Nature delivers another sunny autumn weekend. Enjoy the fall foliage, charming country setting, and tasty wines. Tastings are complimentary and the staff is friendly and Mountfair is in close proximity to other wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail. While the tasting room is not currently set up for indoor seating, if the weather is nice you can pack a picnic and sit on the patio that overlooks the pond and vineyard and waste the day away. When you visit Mountfair Vineyards please let Fritz and company know you read about them here on Dezel’s Vine Spot Wine Blog. Happy Sipping!
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