Saturday, January 08, 2011

Fox Meadow Merlot 2007

Fox Meadow is a realtively new winery. Owners Dan and Cheryl Mortland opened their tasting room in May 2006.

Five years ago Dan and Cheryl visited the area, and fell in love with Northern Virginia. They visited some of the local wineries and realized that great wines can be crafted there. After an exhausting search they found the parcel of land which is now known as Fox Meadow Vineyards. Fox Meadow was once part of Freezeland Orchards, which was almost 100 years old.

Once “discovering” the site, Dan and Cheryl enlisted some of the finest professionals in the region to consult with to develop Fox Meadow Vineyards. They have attempted to craft great wines using traditional wine making skills and processes. hey make classic dry reds like Cabernet Franc and Syrah and fruity whites like Pinot Grigio.

In December of 2010, the Fox Meadow Vineyard 2009 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay won "Best White Wine" in the 2010 Wines of the South Wine Competition. The '08 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Le Renard Rouge, and Reserve Barrel Fermented Chardonnay all won Silver Medals.

So a week ago, I made vodka penne with hot Italian sausage with fresh peas. I was very excited. It was very exciting. I had made the sauce from scratch and the smell of it filled the house for hours.

Out came the Fox Meadow Merlot 2007. This was a dark garnet colored red wine. On the nose we both got Damsom plums, blackberries, and raspberries came through with a whiff of vanilla. The Damsom and raspberry come through as well as a hint of slate. A rich, dry, complex red, with nice fruit and solid acids, and nice but not over-powering tannins. Elegant.