Thursday, March 06, 2014

Early Mountain Vineyards Block 11 White (VA) (Video Review)

This review was conducted at the EWE 2014 Blogger Station. Participating panel included Hudson Cattell, Linda Jones McKee, Michael Kaiser, Martha Giomousis, Doug Fabbioli, and many others.

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist and investor; and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Jean spent more than two decades as an executive in the private sector, where she led marketing and branding efforts for AOL, before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A 30-year Virginia resident, Jean believes strongly in the potential for the state to be amongst the world’s top wine regions. Jean and Steve opened Early Mountain Vineyards in 2012 to showcase their passion for the best wine and food that Virginia has to offer.
Early Mountain Vineyards is a social enterprise – as such, all profits will go toward strengthening Virginia communities and encouraging continued growth, innovation, adaptation, and learning in the Virginia wine industry. Their goal is not to make money but instead to make a difference, with a particular focus on enabling Virginia to compete with the leading wine regions around the world. They have lived in Virginia for most of our lives, built AOL here, started the Case Foundation here, and raised five children here, so Virginia is an important part of who they are.

Winery's tasting notes:

This medium-bodied wine is a “field blend” of 65% Petit Manseng and 35% Muscat from a single vineyard parcel at Early Mountain called Block Eleven. Whiffs of sweet nectar fruits rise from a fragrant melody of orange blossoms and tangy citrus. On the palate, ripe mandarin fruit and white flowers are followed by an intermezzo of pineapple and lemongrass, building to a surprising crescendo of Meyer lemon citrus. Hitting all the right notes, this wine is simultaneously round and sharp, fruity and dry, floral and zesty. With its high acidity and natural sweetness, we believe that drier styles of Petit Manseng will flourish in Virginia’s future. Blended with Muscat, this wine is a great example of why “blending is trending,” even with white wines.