2016 R WINES GRAND VIN-$33.99
2016 R WINES HEIRLOOM-$33.99
By day, Riaan Rossouw is the acclaimed winemaker for Lovingston Winery, one of Virginia's most distinctive and forward-thinking wineries. By night (or whenever there is a precious moment of free time), he is 'The Mind Behind' creating R Wines, his ultra-experimental small lot wine label that pushes every winemaking limit possible. Each harvest or so there is a wine or two made with a specific vision or purpose, and only a few common threads holding them together; hand raised, hand cared for from start to finish, with as little intervention as possible. The experiments done on these wines at this scale are then taken to the production level in the Lovingston wines. Barely a barrel of each wine is made each year, and we consider it an honor to represent them each year.
These wines are like bits of performance art, and like most forms of art are not built for the sole purpose of mass appeal. Some will enjoy the unique journey these wines will take you on, others will not. As he states in this Wine Enthusiast article from 2016 “Some people will reject what you’re doing in the bottle, but you still have to do it. Otherwise, you’ll just be stuck as some little winery making square wines. I’m here to give dynamic interest and flare to our industry.” The single varietal used in the Grand Vin and the blend of the Heirloom this year are deliberately kept a secret (won't even field guesses from us). The primary consideration for each wine was the soil pH of each vineyard before variety, and the harmony within each wine is the result. These are also wines requiring great patience, evolving over several days when open or easily capable of a decade in the cellar, the same paths as the fine Bordeaux or Tuscan wines that served as their inspiration. Or as he puts it; "The style vibrates, more a Warhol, Huxley, Bo Diddley, Chet Baker, Vaughn Monroe, Johnny Cash, Boney M frequency I think !"
There are simply no other wines like this made in Virginia, and we are so excited for you to enjoy the experience.
2017 VIDAL BLANC ‘YOUNG’
2015 CHARDONNAY QUAKER RUN
2016 FOOTHILLS RED
*SPECIAL FEATURE* 2015 ‘RISE’
DISCOUNTED PRICING AVAILABLE DAY OF TASTING
FROM THE WINERY:
Rise represents a pivotal moment for Early Mountain Vineyards. While we have always brought a high standard to our wines in order to showcase rigor and vitality, we quietly reserved a small percentage of our production for a wine that is the culmination of years of work and ambition: In Bordeaux, they call it their grand vin, we call it Rise. As Virginia’s expansion on the world stage continues to accelerate, its mountain vineyards have taken the lead. Rise takes the very best that this terroir has to offer and sets a new bar for style, character and elegance, with truly special textural and aromatic qualities. It is with great delight that we offer up this new and special wine. – Ben Jordan, Winemaker
When we first opened Early Mountain Vineyards we dreamed of someday producing a wine that could stand side by side with the great wines of the world. Our 2015 vintage was the first to offer us that opportunity proving that patience pays. Using hand selected grapes from our best mountainside vineyard blocks, our talented winemaking team has crafted a unique and extraordinary wine. This superior wine highlights the best Early Mountain has to offer and reinforces our commitment to world class quality in the wines we craft. – Jean Case, Owner
OUR VINEYARD: Our acquisition of the Quaker Run vineyard on the southern side of Doubletop mountain changed our winemaking in a number of ways, but in the creation of this wine, Rise, we see the most profound influence. The steep, rocky slopes of the eastern Blue Ridge produce a wine of power and focus that stands with the structured and age worthy wines from leading regions of the world.
Quaker Run Merlot is the heart of Rise, selected from the top portion of the Eastern slope. From some of our oldest, lowest vigor vines, this Merlot contributes density and aromatic purity; presence and persistence with fine grain tannin. Cabernet Franc drives aromatic complexity and the Petit Verdot and Tannat contribute structure, depth, and power, building a complete picture. The grapes are a minute selection of our production, and this is our most age worthy wine.
BLEND: 57% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 14% Tannat
TASTING NOTES: Our most beautiful wine—with a balance of power, concentration, and texture with aromatic complexity. On the nose the fruits are dark with Damson plum and wild blackberries accented by mint, cedar and wood spice. On the palate the flavors echo the aromas; structured and layered with ample and persistent tannin.
WINE WAREHOUSE CELEBRATES 24 YEARS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WITH OUR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE
In 1994, Wine Warehouse was founded by owners David and Elizabeth Souza with the intent of bringing the best possible quality and service for both wine and beer to central Virginia. From day 1 the principles have been the same: great selection, great service, all at a great price. We constantly sort through the many mediocre labels out there every year to make sure we are bringing our customers the best possible wines and beers available at every price point, educating ourselves on new producers all over the world, and have even been instrumental in bringing several names into the state over the years. We trust our palates first over press or hype when deciding what wines we bring in. Once they are in the store, every wine and beer is kept at a constant cellar temperature of 60 degrees or less, so that every wine will be at its best when consumed.
24 years later, with a new generation of Souzas approaching the age to join in the business, we are still a family owned and run store, and the principles are still as important now as they were in the beginning. The dream of this store could not have been realized without the wonderful support of the community and our customers, and we thank you immensely. To celebrate our anniversary we will have a standing special running through June 30th, as well as numerous daily events. For the standing special, mixed cases of wine will be 15% off and solid 1 item cases will be 20% off (not including NET items, which are marked on the signs). All cases of mixed and solid beer will be 6% off. Among the daily events will be unique one day discounts on certain items, tastings, and special item discounts .
Thank you for helping us turn a dream into a reality.
The Wine Warehouse Staff
IN-STORE TASTING FRIDAY MAY 4th 3:00-6:00 pm 2016/2017 RELEASES FROM BEDROCK WINE CO. FEATURING WINERY PARTNER/CONSIGLIERE CHRIS COTTRELL
The final selections for our epic in-store tasting with Bedrock Wine Co. and winery partner Chris Cottrell. The following 6 wines will available for tasting Friday May 4th from 3-6pm:
2017 'Ode To Lulu' Rose
2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
2016 North Coast Syrah
2016 Heritage Series Evangelho Vineyard (Vinous 93pts)
2016 Heritage Series Pagani Ranch (Vinous 95+pts)
2016 Heritage Series Lorenzo Vineyard (Vinous 93+pts)
All Bedrock wines in the store, including those not being tasted, will have an Insider's Pick style 10% discount available by the bottle for purchases made on the day of the tasting. This discount does not extend beyond the usual 10% discounts for a mixed case or 15% for one item cases.
To celebrate 'Pint-Can-Palooza' this week (ten of the Allocation and New Arrival beers in our email this week are packaged that way), we had to mark the occasion with a pints-only tasting featuring several new beers and the arrival of Collective Arts Brewing from Ontario. Taking the connection between the craft beer and art worlds to a whole new level, a pint can is a great way to create a unique graphic look, and it doesn't hurt that the liquids inside are pretty outstanding as well (fairly priced to boot!). These are beers that pleasure the eyes and the palate. From Collective Arts we are pouring their 'Stranger Than Fiction' English Porter, 'Life In The Clouds' IPA, and the IPA Project #4. We will also be pouring our first offering from Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC, their 'Trickster' IPA, as well as two new Evil Twin variants off their popular 'Imperial Biscotti Break' and 'Even More Jesus' stouts. Hope to see you here!
As seen from the emails the last two weeks, there are more than a few new names looking to make space on our shelves early in 2018, with even more in the coming weeks from what we have been hearing. It's hard to keep track of which ones are worthwhile and which are forgettable until you've had a chance to taste them for yourself. So let's do just that, taste some new stuff and see where we think they stack up. We have a whole slew of core releases from Funky Buddah (Floridian Hefeweiss), Bold Mariner (Bold Virginian Pale Ale), Coelacanth (Passionfruit Gose and Kopi-Manis Latte Stout), and D9 (Hakuna Matata Tropical IPA and Brown Sugar, Brown Cow Mocha Brown Ale) to choose from, Is your next favorite among them? Hope to see you here!
Though we knew they were coming, StudioBrew didn't quite land in time for us to get them ready for tasting last week, so we had to get them their own feature slot today. We will be pouring from StudioBrew their Das Pilsner, 'Mosaic Sunset' Imperial IPA w/Agave, 'The Ferguson' Oatmeal Chocolate Milk Stout, and 'Dancing Monk' Belgian Ale, as well a the Basic City 'Opera' Galaxy & Mosaic DIPA and the Smartmouth 'Arriba Grande' Mexican Spiced Coffee Stout. Come on by and give them a try!
Our final tasting to celebrate Cider Week VA is local favorite Potters Craft. Over the last few years the potters crew have built a reputation for creativity in their recipes, drawing a lot of inspiration from the craft beer world, yet still maintaining a strong connection to traditional cidermaking values. The ciders being tasted today showcase all those qualities. We will be opening the Ryesap (Basque influenced, aged in whiskey barrels), Double Simcoe (made with Simcoe hops), Cider Nouveau (aged with Merlot and Petit Verdot skins from King Family Vineyards), and Pelure de Pomme (fermented on the skins along with extended maceration post fermentation). Come on by and enjoy the great diversity cider can provide!
Today's tasting celebrating Cider Week VA shows off the two producers we stock from over in the Shenandoah Valley. From fruit along the many bends of the Shenandoah River (tasting room in Bluemont) we have the 'Rocket' Off-Dry and Windrush Oak and Chestnut Stave Aged ciders from Wild Hare, and from the Showalter Orchard in Timberville we have the Heritage and fruit-added Virginia Strawberry ciders from Old Hill. Hope to see you here!
Today's store tasting celebrating Cider Week VA features a selection from the 'sweetened' side of the cider scene. Not necessarily sweeter tasting (though some are for sure) but made by adding water and sugar back in, along with other flavors often going in as well. These ciders tend to be less expensive and more consistent to make, which makes them extremely popular with the pub and festival crowd, while still showing some local character. On deck for tasting will be the Blue Toad Granny Smith and Harvest Fest ciders, and from Cobbler Mountain the Original Honey and Wild Blackberry Hop ciders. Come on by and give them a try!
Special Tastings and More
See what's happening at Wine Warehouse this week!