I’m often forced to make difficult decisions when it comes to planning my Virginia itinerary. With 200 plus wineries throughout the state, and that number growing each month, it’s a painful selection process. That said I always include the “classics” and make an effort to visit a new and upcoming winery. Since their opening in July 2010, Hume Vineyards has been high on my list. Located on a historic 50-acre farm dating back to the 1880’s in Hume, Virginia, the tasting room is housed in a rustic, minimalist building, overlooking the vineyard. Owner Stephane Baldi has created the perfect atmosphere to waste away an afternoon over a glass of wine.
Visitors get to taste 5 wines for a $5 tasting fee. All of the wines I sampled were produced from fruit grown by Breaux Vineyards. The first pour featured the 2010 Seyval Blanc. Big floral nose followed by honeysuckle, green apple and plenty of minerality. At $19, a bit pricey for my taste. The second pour included the 2010 Vidal Blanc. Another hybrid that performs well in Virginia. A fruit-forward, crisp, semi-sweet wine. Before moving onto the reds, we sampled the 2010 Rosé. Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, red fruit, especially strawberry shine on the nose and palate. A pleasing pour.
The recently released 2010 Chambourcin was the next wine. I’m a big fan of Breaux Vineyards and was interested to see Stephane’s take on the fruit. Disclaimer, I’m not a big fan of Chambourcin and even less a fan of high ABV wines. Plum, dark cherries and spice dominate. At 15.1% alcohol, this is a hefty wine that needs food. The new-world 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon comes in at $26 and has a splash of Cabernet Franc (5%). An earthy, delicious wine that is drinking very well. Consistent notes of bright red fruit on the nose and smoky, earthy flavors with a touch of bacon and vanilla (I had written “classic Virginia” on my tasting sheet).
I look forward to returning to Hume Vineyards and especially to sample their estate wines and the newly planted Sauvignon Blanc. In the meantime, I recommend you visit and be sure to tell them TheOther46.com sent you. Cheers!