Loving Lovingston

Virginia wine month passed by very quickly, particularly as I’m the only one in the “A Glass After Work” house that drinks wine.  Between tasting and finishing the bottles I purchased, heading to Dezel from My Vine Spot’s place for the “Discover Monticello” Twitter Taste Live, and settling into my new job, the month was almost over before I knew it.  Hubby and I had grand plans of pumpkin picking at Great Country Farms and then stopping by Bluemont Vineyards for a tasting, but it never happened.  Instead, the weekend that we were supposed to go, we ended up on a fall shopping trip for some “new job” clothes that turned into an all-day extravaganza.  That’s what happens when both husband and wife enjoy shopping.  However, as I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to taste a new Virginia wine, Hubby and I stopped at a local wine store to grab a bottle before relaxing for the evening.

2006 Lovingston Estate Reserve

The 2006 Lovingston Estate Reserve (winery) is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc grapes and it had a nice, deep purple-ruby color. On the nose, there were berries, plums, leather, smoked meat, cedar, and a touch of vanilla and nutmeg.  In the mouth, there were similar flavors, although they were subtler than the aromas on the nose.  The wine had a medium body and acidity, with soft tannins. It’s a very small production, with only 50 cases produced.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $22, this wine had characteristics that showed its age in a well-balanced way.  After a shop-til-you-drop day, the wine was great for putting up my feet and relaxing without having to think too much.  It was an ok pairing with the pizza that Hubby and I ordered for dinner, but that was probably not the best choice on my part.  There was some sediment in the wine, and while I didn’t decant it, I should have.  If you buy a bottle, you may want to consider doing so.

Price: $22
Purchased at: The Curious Grape
Overall: 3.5 corks

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