If you’re ever making the culinary pilgrimage to the Inn at Little Washington in the Virginia countryside (which will leave you, as one should be on a pilgrimage, on your knees in reverence and awe) there are plenty of local wineries in the Rappahannock County area worth checking out. Many are very small operations, producing some fine but limited production and therefore hard-to-find wines. Virginia wines – which I used to view (and taste) with disdain – have come a long way. Rappahannock Cellars’ 2010 Cab Franc Reserve is a primo example. Rich, luscious blackberry and cassis notes waft from the glass. It explodes on the palate with opulent flavors of blackberries, currants, and anise. Long, languorous finish. Perfect with prime rib or USDA Prime ribeye steak. Unfortunately, this wine is available only to wine club members. Very Highly Recommended (94) GPT


WHO: Rappahannock Cellars
WHAT: Cabernet Franc (90%), Merlot (10%)
WHERE: Huntly, VA
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $36 (media sample)

 

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for PalatePress.com. He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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