Thanksgiving Wish List: Site-Specific Trio

Thanksgiving Wish List: Site-Specific Trio

Posted on November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving Wish List: Site-Specific Trio

You’ve got plenty to handle on your day of feasting, family, and friends, so we’ve packed a Trio if stunning wines from three unique sites in the stunning 2017 vintage. Any of the three can grace your Thanksgiving table with pride. Or invite more friends and family and open them all!

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Block 9 Pinot Gris, 2017:

The round and dense mouthfeel of this wine is one of its most notable attributes. Its weight and character make it stand up to the rich Thanksgiving dishes, but this texture also accompanies diverse aromatics of fresh and grilled stone fruit, citrus and a confectionary apple/baking spice that complement the flavors of the season. The fruit and spice leads to hints of savory bay, thyme and pine.

Block 9 is a 1.4 acre block in Early Mountain Vineyard, just north of the winery. Vines in this block are well balanced allowing us to take a light farming touch and growing Pinot Gris with richness and intensity of flavor. Planted in 2007, it features the Eubanks-Lloyd clay and loam series with very deep and semi-permeable soils.

Quaker Run Chardonnay, 2017:

This wine is marked by its long fermentation and extended lees contact – it maintains its acidity event with full ripeness, especially in a vintage like 2017 where ripeness and acidity were hallmarks of the white wines. Chardonnay is a classic choice for Thanksgiving, but we love ones with an understated barrel imprint and with the richness of fruit and vibrancy of acidity that it offers balance and vibrancy.

Quaker Run Chardonnay is grown on a mountainside vineyard about 9 miles from Early Mountain in a 1 acre block, our oldest plantings from 2000. These nearly 20-year-old vines benefit from the well-drained sandy clay loam soils with high rock and mineral diversity as well as the constant sun and wind exposure from the 20 degree, S/SE facing slope, produce a mineral-laden Chardonnay with bright acids and layers.

Shenandoah Springs Cabernet Franc, 2017:

2017 vintage brought deep ripeness and power, but we stayed true to our approach of highlighting aromas and texture over power. The result is a wine that brings purity to the dense black fruit of the vintage with plenty of plum, black cherry and graphite. While ripe and rich, the wine is also wound tight around the tannic structure, making it slow to show its true character and benefit from some time in a decanter. Once open, the density of the wine makes for impact and length, carrying the flavors and tannin through the finish and standing up to some of the sweeter flavors on the Thanksgiving table.

Shenandoah Springs Cabernet Franc is grown on a 2 acre block in the Shenandoah Valley about 90 minutes north of Early Mountain. At nearly 1300 feet elevation, the vines benefit from the silt and loam soils formed from weather limestone bedrock. This site is very expressive of the vintage and in 2017 the warm and dry season produced a full and rich Cabernet Franc with brooding dark fruits.