After the classic vintage of 2007, Virginia turned in a typical, if not uneventful vintage in 2008. In a state where quality can vary greatly, I usually turn to winemakers who consistently produce excellent wines no matter the vintage. This is never more evident with Jeff White, Owner and Winemaker of Glen Manor Vineyards.
The Glen Manor 2008 Vin Rouge is an unfiltered, red blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc aged in French oak. The wine starts off with aromas of black fruit, primarily blackberries, black cherries and raspberries with a hint of black pepper. On the palate, similar black fruit with strong notes of plum, tobacco, currant and vanilla. Full-bodied and smooth.
At $28, you would be hard pressed to find another wine from the 2008 vintage as well-crafted and complex as the Vin Rouge. Guaranteed to impress and leave you wishing you had another few bottles or case in the cellar.