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Thomas Jefferson, who no doubt penned the Declaration of Independence with a glass of fine wine at hand, can justifiably be called America’s first wine connoisseur. He was also the pioneer of Virginia viticulture, and it is appropriate that this central Virginia appellation is named for Jefferson’s home, Monticello. The AVA – the heart of which is Charlottesville - covers 1,250 square miles over four counties, including Albermarle, Orange, Nelson and Greene. The area runs along the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the best vineyards often found at elevations of 800 feet and higher. Vineyards here benefit from a natural east-southeast exposure and warm summer temperatures. Winter kill, bunch rot diseases and pest management have made careful varietal, clonal selection and vine-training systems imperative here. Growers benefit greatly from Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Agricultural Center in Winchester for invaluable research. Key vinifera varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Burnley Vineyards

    Burnley Vineyards is one of the oldest Vineyards in the Monticello Viticultural Area. We have 31...

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Kalian Monbazillac 2014

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    70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Approx. 12% residual sugar. High alcohol. Laser-like acidity. Lemon notes with floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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    100% Cabernet Sauvignon (very impressive for the region). 11 months in barrel. Ruby-garnet color. Red and black fruits, earthy, a little herbaceous on nose. Typical currant note on palate. Light on tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Franc 2015

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    80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 9 months in both steel and oak. Very aromatic with blackberry and tomato leaf notes. Medium body, dusty tannins. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Nebbiolo Reserve 2013

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    100% Nebbiolo. Red to brick red color. Cedar and cherry on nose and palate. Moderate tannin. Silky, balanced finish. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Merlot 2014

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    100% Merlot. 6 months in neutral oak. Ruby color. Lightly earthy nose. Firm tannins at front of palate and again on finish. Lots of black fruit on finish. I think it needs more time in the bottle. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Soft peachy pink in color. Gently aromatic - strawberry, some light herbal grassy notes. Very fruity finish. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2015

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    25% new oak. More structure than the basic Chardonnay, but has just a little faint vanilla on the nose and is a little bland on the palate. I prefer the acidity and flavor of the steel-barrel non-Reserve Chardonnay. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Viognier 2015

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    80% Viognier. 20% Vermentino for floral notes on nose. Apricot mid palate, brightens to a true peach on finish. Focused at first, plusher as it develops. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Chardonnay 2015

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    100% Chardonnay. Neutral oak. Apple notes on nose and palate. A little prickling acidity mid palate. Read More

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  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... ... AVA, Middleburg AVA, The Monticello AVA, The North Fork of Roanoke AVA, The Rocky Knob AVA, The Shenandoah Valley AVA and Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA).  We ended up with eight bottles; a Cabernet Sauvignon, two Viogniers, a Riesling, a Pinot Grigio, a Norton, a C... Read More

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