Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine, Powhatan, VA, 2016

One of the great things about living in Richmond, VA is the history that surrounds this city. The state capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson and sits atop a hill overlooking the James River, and Jefferson’s home Monticello is just over an hour north in Virginia wine country. Wineries are all over Virginia and easily accessible from Richmond in any direction. Richmond is also home to many small breweries producing outstanding ales and lagers. Virginia also has a part of history of moonshine during prohibition that is being revived by a few small distilleries.

Skipper’s Creek Vineyard in Powhatan, is a short drive from the city’s downtown and was once a dairy and tobacco farm that have been in the family for over 75 years. Today they have five acres dedicated to viniferous grapes to craft their wines.

Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine, Powhatan, VA, 2016 is dark ruby red in the glass. Big aromas of wild strawberry, blackberry, tart cherry and anise fill the nose upfront. Secondary smells of violets, mint and slate come in to round out the nose. Huge flavors of dark berries explode on the tongue, pretty much the palate follows the nose and is very enjoyable. There is also a stewed fruit component, which will make the Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine pair well with food. The tannins are firm, but not overpowering. Some crisp acidity comes in at the end giving the wine a nice long finish and leave your mouth anxious for the next sip.

Now back to thinking of what to eat with the Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine. Think Virginia. Smoked country ham to pair with that stewed fruit flavors, BBQ ribs with all of that upfront fruit, I might even try some homemade blueberry pie, this wine can take you from start to finish, make sure to keep extra bottles around.

The Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine is a blend of Petit Verdot 20%, Cabernet Franc 60%, and Merlot 20%, three of the grapes used in Bordeaux wines that Thomas Jefferson loved so much. Each grape is fermented separately before blending and then aged 8 months in Hungarian Oak.

Skipper’s Creek Vineyards, Merriwether Red Wine would also be perfect for the Thanksgiving table!

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