Friday, March 30, 2012

Philip Carter Meritage 2006 (VA)

For three centuries the Carter family has made their way of life in the rolling landscapes of Fauquier County, which is located in the Virginia Piedmont.

"Philip Carter Winery is on the site of the former Stillhouse Winery, but the wines are far superior to those of Stillhouse. New owner Philip Carter Strother, a Richmond attorney, is a descendant of Virginian Charles Carter, who by 1762 had 1,800vines under cultivation and was making wine at Cleve Plantation on the banks of the Rappahannock River. In the first international acknowledgment of winemaking in America, an official London group awarded Carter a gold medal for his efforts. This was more than 40 years before Thomas Jefferson made a serious foray into grape growing and wine production in the state," reported the Richmond Times Dispatch in 2009.

The is a medium bodied red wine is made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Big nose of cherry and cranberry mixed with vanilla and cedar. A European-styled wine with complex aromas and flavors. Fantastic!