Wooloomooloo [wu’ lu mu’ lu] noun – a mythical spirit that roams the Blue Ridge Mountains. The wine, a Bordeaux-style red blend from Mountfair Vineyards, was recently featured in a Twitter virtual release event last month, coordinated and hosted by fellow blogger and friend Frank Morgan, from Drink What You Like. Not only was this my first time trying a Mountfair Vineyards release, it was also the first time a Virginia wine was featured in a Twitter event (outside of the DrinkLocalWine.com Twitter Taste-Off). Located on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Virginia, Mountfair produces a lineup of red blends using exclusively Bordeaux varieties.
The wine retails for $25 and is a blend of 60% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple in glass, black fruit, berries, cherry cola, touch of tobacco and earthiness on the nose and palate. A medium-bodied wine with good balance. The finish fell a tad short, but considering my bottle traveled from Virginia to Florida (and arrived hours before the event), I’m going to attribute the mixed results to travel shock.
The wine proved to a be a big hit amongst the participants and helped showcase the quality of wines being produced in the state. Kudos to Mountfair Vineyards for embracing social media and introducing Virginia wines to a larger audience. I look forward to tasting their full lineup and visiting in the near future. Cheers!
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