Early Mountain Vineyards

April 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Early Mountain Vineyards @ Crystal City Wine Shop | Arlington | Virginia | United States

At the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, nature is at once graceful and fierce. Early Mountain wines are made here through a combination of ingenuity and true grit. We gently tend to every vine so the wine that emerges from the cellar is a clear descendant of the fruit at harvest — a unique wine that respects its heritage while embracing evolution and adventure. Virginian through and through.

The Wines:

  • Young White 2016:  This 2016 vintage is 87% Vidal Blanc and 13% Petit Manseng. The Vidal was whole cluster pressed and spontaneously fermented in tank, then half was racked down to neutral barrel for a few months on lees to bring added texture and complexity. Petit Manseng was destemmed, left to soak on skins for a few hours before being pressed, then fermented in neutral barrel, and left on lees until blending. Final blend happened in early March and bottled 3/22/17. This wine is fresh! The idea behind the wine is to make it fun, versatile, and approachable, but still not sacrifice substance, interest, or quality – hence the variations on pressing, skin contact, fermentation vessels, etc. Very few cases produced, come try something quite unique!
  • Young Red 2016: The 2016 vintage is 100% Syrah that was whole cluster, carbonically fermented in stainless, then transferred to neutral barrel for brief aging before bottle. Unfined & unfiltered. Only 10 cases produced! Experimental batch meant to be vibrant and fresh in style. Whole cluster fermentation inclusion brings interesting green, herbal notes to the blend’s otherwise fruity red berry driven profile.
  • Foothills 2015: Early Mountain has fun with Foothills, they see it as a vineyard blend without rules. It is pulled from vineyards blocks that show freshness and that have a profile that cry out to be drunk now! The 2015 Foothills is based in Merlot, a grape known for its plush, black fruited flavors. We also find the smoky, peppered, herbal-mint combination of the Cabernet Franc and Syrah roaming the periphery of the aromas and flavors. These accents and the dash of sit-up-straight structure from the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon provide counterpoint to the wine’s fruit-given charm. Now is the time to drink this wine and it plays well with a variety of proteins and cuisines. 68% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc, 8% Syrah, 2% Cab Sauv, 2% Petit Verdot
  • Novum 2014: Are you a fan of Cabernet Franc? Novum is an exercise in Cabernet Franc blending, with it driving the aroma and flavor. In 2014, they introduced Quaker Run Merlot to the blend, resulting in more density and aromatic purity, and they brought in a bit of Tannat for backbone and the flavors of darkness. On the nose, strawberry and raspberry preserves, fennel, mint, cola, and cedar. The palate is lean and angular, showing tart red cherry with menthol on the finish. This is a wine for a hearty beef stew, any dish made with gamey meats (lamb, venison, duck, etc.), or hard cheeses. 61% Cab Franc, 25% Merlot, 9% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot
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