WBC’11 Speed Blogging – Afton Mountain Vineyards

Marguerite Barrett

2008 Tete Cuvee – a Brut sparkling wine.  Made in the traditional method and aged for two years.

50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all estate grown; vines were planted in the 1970s and Afton Mountain is one Virginia’s oldest wineries.

Picked the fruit a bit earlier than normally, at about 19 bricks to make sure it has acidity and the grapes aren’t too sweet.

Price point – $30.00; distributed in Virginia, DC and southern Maryland

Nose is very soft and slightly floral.

Palate is crisp and lightly sweet with soft lemon notes.  Refreshing and those who like Brut-style wines should really like this.

Other varietals are Gewurtztraminer and 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – these are among their most popular wines.

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