Friday, February 08, 2019

Loving Narmada Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 (VA)

I first fell in love with Narmada in 2012 at TasteCamp 2012. I tasted their Viognier and fell in love.
Narmada Winery was established in Rappahannock County, VA in 2009, by Pandit and Sudha Patil.
The couple arrived in the US from Mumbai, India, some 40 years ago to further their education. Pandit pursued studies in engineering at University of New Mexico and at Carnegie-Mellon in Pennsylvania. Throughout their married life, Pandit and Sudha traveled the globe and kindled their passion for fine wine. They eventually settled down in northern Virginia after Pandit had earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. It was then Sudha was able to pursue her dental studies, earning a BS in chemistry at George Mason, her DDS from Georgetown and a certificate in endodontics and Masters in oral biology from the University of Maryland. Pandit’s career as an engineer and Sudha’s as endodontist were both very rewarding. The couple had two children, Susheel and Prema, now happily married and living in nearby Maryland.

At the couple’s 29th anniversary dinner at the renowned Inn at Little Washington, the plan to plant a vineyard took shape. They found a lovely farm and brought in Pat Peacock from Virginia Tech and noted Virginia viticulturalist Lucie Morton, who performed climate and soil studies and advised the couple on which varietals would thrive in these circumstances. The first vineyard was planted in 2004. Several more acres were planted the following year and today has reached 20 acres.

Sudha’s curiosity about the winemaking process grew, and she commenced studies with Jim Law of Linden Vineyards, one of Virginia’s premier winemakers. Today Sudha refers to Jim as “the guru of Virginia wine.” Consulting enologist Tom Payette was brought on board to guide Sudha through her first few crushes.

Of course, I love the minimal intervention vibe that is paramount to Pandit's and Sudha's wines.

The Narmada Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 is made from 100% Virginia Cabernet Franc. It was aged in French and American oak and bottled in 2017. The color is a deep, brick-purple red. Dark red fruit, dark cherries, dark raspberries, and hints of blackberries, lead the front of the wine both on the nose and in the mouth. Floral hints on the nose too, as well as spice. Nice fruit lingers throughout, luxurious, and deep, that ends in tannins and cracked black pepper. A lovely, layered wine, with hints of slate and dust, but with fruit that stays straight through.

A very, very impressive wine. Lovely!

Love what Narmada does!