I usually steer clear from writing about wines that are released only to club members, in other words, not released to the general public. But there are exceptions, and today’s wines were too good not to share. Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Sales and Hospitality Director for Breaux Vineyards, sent me 4 wines only available to their Cellar Club members. It’s no secret that I have developed somewhat of a Breaux Palate. I’ve raved about their wines before (read more here) and am partial to the bottles I have in my cellar (sorry friends, but I won’t be pouring you a glass of my Breaux). So you can only imagine the excitement when I opened the box to see a bottle of their 2006 Nebbiolo Barrel Select, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Reserve, 2005 Syrah and last but certainly not least a 2007 Viognier.
A common theme quickly developed between the wines. A sophistication that easily places Breaux Vineyards in the top tier of Virginia wineries. Mature, balanced and complex.
A varietal-correct Viognier. A floral nose with honeysuckle and peach. Flavors of grapefruit, lime and honey. A full-bodied, mature wine that proves Virginia IS the state for Viognier.
2005 Syrah Cellar Selection
Big spice, red fruit (strawberries, cherries and raspberries) and a hint of forest floor. On the palate, tobacco, spice and red fruit. Full-bodied with good tannin structure and acidity. Paired with a top sirloin cut, grain fed beef with organic salad.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Reserve
Breaux Vineyards has a great Cabernet Sauvignon program and the Double Reserve is another standout wine in a long lineup of excellent Cabernets. Smoky, ripe, red fruit and plum aromas. Chocolate, inky, earthy flavors develop into a powerful, full-bodied wine. Excellent aging potential if you have the patience (obviously I didn’t).
2006 Nebbiolo Barrel Select
One word, “Wow”. Elegant, complex and balanced. If you haven’t had Breaux’s Nebbiolo, you’re missing out.
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