Category Archives: Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)

WINE of the WEEK

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GABRIELE RAUSSE Cabernet Franc 2015   Rockingham County, Virginia   90 Points | “Highly Recommended”   Veteran Virginia Vintner Gabriele Rausse’s winery is located in the heart of the Monticello American Viticultural Area, just south of Charlottesville, but he sourced … Continue reading

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WINE of the WEEK

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MUSE VINEYARDS Clio 2012 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 92 Points | “Highly Recommended” 2012 is the fourth vintage bottling of Muse Vineyards’ flagship Bordeaux varietal blend, “Clio,” and a composition of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and … Continue reading

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MUSE VINEYARDS Thalia 2015 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 90 Points | “Highly Recommended” A blend of Marsanne (50%), Roussanne (40%), and Viognier (10%), the 2015 Thalia is aromatically complex and fresh on the palate, with velvety viscosity and quenching acidity. Aromas … Continue reading

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CROSSKEYS VINEYARDS Touriga 2015 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 87 Points | “Recommended” Crafted from the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional (a common blending grape in Port wine), this plump, medium-bodied red offers savory aromas and flavors of black fruit, tobacco, nutmeg, and … Continue reading

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Muse Vineyards | Clio | Shenandoah Valley | Virginia | 2011 | $35 | 91 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Muse Vineyards’ 2011 “Clio” is third in a lineage of fine Bordeaux varietal blends the winery has been producing on its bucolic Shenandoah Valley estate since 2009. It follows the successes of Muse’s 2009 Clio — the winery’s … Continue reading

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Muse Vineyards | Raising the Bar for Winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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We have traveled up and down the historic Shenandoah Valley, in western Virginia, for many years. The valley is rich with mountain scenery, quaint agrarian towns, a four seasons (including ski) resort, and a growing number of wineries — now … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA WINE REVIEW: Selections from Rockbridge Vineyard

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Family-owned and operated Rockbridge Vineyard is located in Raphine, Virginia, on the north side of Rockbridge County about midway between Staunton and Lexington, in the Shenandoah Valley.  Here owner/winemaker Shepherd (“Shep”) Rouse tends 17 acres of estate vineyards at an elevation of 2,000 … Continue reading

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