Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon 2005

Member Review by meganmarco:

My favorite of the Octagon's I've tasted.

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Barboursville Vineyards:
Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco at Barboursville, Gianni Zonin -- 6th generation heir to a family wine enterprise active since 1821 in the Veneto -- acquired this plantation in 1976 with the seemingly ridiculous expectation of creating a vineyard. Jefferson had attempted this, persistently into the 19th Century at Monticello, alway... Read more
Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco at Barboursville, Gianni Zonin -- 6th generation heir to a family wine enterprise active since 1821 in the Veneto -- acquired this plantation in 1976 with the seemingly ridiculous expectation of creating a vineyard. Jefferson had attempted this, persistently into the 19th Century at Monticello, always failing to achieve a single harvest. In 2006, on the occasion of celebrating the winery’s 30th anniversary as “setting the standard” for a region now populated by more than 100 vineyards, Gianni and Silvana Zonin opened a new wine museum at Barboursville, looking back upon centuries of Italian viticulture, and a barrel aging room for Octagon, where the history of their creation of the estate that gave birth to a new wine region is laid out upon the walls in illustrated chapters, culminating in the validation of Octagon, itself, as the crowning achievement of Virginia viticulture. Read less

Member Reviews for Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon

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Snooth User: meganmarco
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4.50 5
02/23/2009

My favorite of the Octagon's I've tasted.


Snooth User: RSHall
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5.00 5
09/03/2010

Superb wine, superbly vinified and balanced, with lots of complexity. A bit closed - intrinsically difficult to get into – needs longer breathing time, and maybe even decanting. Deeply dark maroon/cherry colour. Nose of red berry/currant not overwhelmed by oak. Palate of red currant, coffee, tobacco, hints of liquorice and menthol – a “dark” flavour. There is a long finish carrying both fruit and tannin. The close integration of the finish now raises questions on how long until this peaks. A food wine – great for a big steak. You can feel the passion in the winemaking


Snooth User: Western57
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4.00 5
11/07/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon

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Source: Salute! Wine Market
03/26/2009

A superb red, created and released only in exceptional vintages such as 1991, 1995, 1998, and 2005 based on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other Bordeaux varietals. The massive tannin structure is tamed by extended aging in French oak barrels. Dark in color with a superb aroma of plum, cassis and tobacco, its complex flavors are well integrated with a silky finish.Blend of: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc



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