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96pt 2008 Virage Red Blend Napa Valley

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This show-stopping Bordeaux-style blend brings a bit of the Right Bank to Napa. Emily Richer turns to Hyde Vineyard’s legendary loamy soils to craft an expressive wine of succulent fruit and bright acidity underscored by near-sinister dark notes. Black cherry, chocolate, anise, leather, and a whisper of mossy wood is gracefully carried along by a silky texture and slightly unfettered structure. Reminiscent of top Bordeaux yet with the signature Napa touch! 

About the wine

Coming off the heels of Virage’s highly acclaimed 2007 red blend, their 2008 Bordeaux-style vintage effortlessly makes a name for itself. A smart mélange of Cab Franc and Merlot varietals eagerly express Carneros AVA’s northeastern hillside through fat fruit and bright acidity underscored by dark terroir. Luscious bursts of seductive black cherry are gingerly subdued by notes of leather, chocolate, anise, and a suggestion of vegetal wood. The notes become stanzas when it’s decanted, as more intensified chocolate flavors are buoyed by the presence of dark-roasted coffee. The wine’s balanced flavors marry its smooth texture and slightly loose structure to give it a slight pinot-esque character without sacrificing its power.

WinemakerEmily Richer
AppellationCarneros, Napa Valley
Accolades:
- 95-96 pts, Brian Whitaker, Blackhawk Grill Sommelier/GM
95+ pts, Chris Stanley, Certified Sommelier
Grapes54% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Beau Terroir Vineyards, Hyde Vineyards
CooperageBarrel aged 27 months in 100% French oak, 40% new
ABV: 14.8%

About the winery

There’s more to Virage’s mission than creating exquisite Bordeaux-style blends. The endgame is also about securing wine’s rightful place as a conduit for good times. Winemaker extraordinaire Emily Richer ensures both goals are met by drawing the most out of the cool climate and lengthy growing season that marks Carneros AVA’s hilly northeast section, brilliantly blending CAb Franc and Merlot grapes to create a deep expression of terroir and acidity worthy of sparking conversation. Don’t be surprised if some the chatter revolves around comparing Virage’s collection of excellence to the wines of the Right Bank.

About the vineyard

Virage’s knockout 2008 Red Blend is strongly forged by the one-two punch of Beau Terroir Vineyard and Hyde Vineyard. This dynamic duo takes full advantage of the Carneros appellation’s hilly northeastern quadrant, as the the cool, marine-kissed climate that blankets the region leads to an extended growing season. This lengthy maturation process allows the plump, perfectly ripened grapes to soak up the nuances of the terroir like a chamois, providing a level of depth that accompanies their bright, supercharged acidity. This sublime mix of flavor expression profoundly demonstrates why notable wineries like Artesa and Truchard Vineyards call this section of Carneros home.

About the winemaker, Emily Richer

Emily Richer’s collaborative mastery has long gone beyond the realm of her exemplary Bourdeaux-style blends. She lent her singular touch to Quintessa, Iron Estates, Beaucanon Winery and other sterling labels for more than a decade before launching Virage, collaborating with viticultural gurus like Jean Hoefliger and Aaron Pott along the way. A farmer at heart, Emily’s studious exploration of the Carneros appellation’s cooler northeast quadrant and her steadfast devotion to “green” practices leads directly to carefully handcrafted selections that gently express terroir and fruit. Her winemaking style may pay homage to the Right Bank, but each wine she produces are unquestionably Napa in nature. 

95-96 points - Brian Whitaker, Sommelier/GM

"High mineral, blueberry, blackberry, earth-driven, dark chocolate, hazelnut oil, rich tannins, soften cedar and vanilla. Recommended Pairing: Skirt Steak with Chimichurri"

95+ points - Chris Stanley, Certified Sommelier

"The 2008 Virage Napa Red is a Right Bank Bordeaux inspired wine made in meager quantities. The unique cooler climate location plays well into the conceptual nature. While inspired.... the blend comes off a sizable A+ grade Napa Red with a meaty structured core, brambly dark fruits, with acidity to last generations. Eccentrically great."

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Alcohol percentage:
14.8%
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