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Virginia Dare Pinot Noir 2016

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Located in Sonoma County’s Geyserville, Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the myths, people, places and history that shaped American winemaking. The story of the Virginia Dare Winery began with North Carolina’s first commercial winery, Medoc Vineyard, which opened in 1835. Two businessmen, known as the Garrett brothers, purchased the property in 1865 calling it Garrett & Company. They began producing the Virginia Dare label, which quickly became one of the nation’s top selling wines. The Family Coppola has revived the vintage charm of the original line, building exquisite new wines worthy of carrying forward Virginia Dare’s legacy. We use varietals known to thrive in California soils, combined with contemporary winemaking techniques and the classic American spirit that Virginia Dare represents.

The Virginia Dare Showcase Wines are inspired by Virginia Dare herself. Born in 1587 to English parents in the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia’s story is linked to the myth of the White Doe and the origins of wine in America.


2016 was a traditional vintage that began with cold, rainy weather. Late bud break led to a long growing season. With the opportunity for extra hang time, the fruit achieved optimal phenolic development. Conditions were further optimized by staggered ripening, where each varietal reached maturity a week or two apart. This allowed the winemaking team to devote more attention to each vineyard that was harvested. Together, these conditions produced intense flavor concentration and very high-quality fruit.


The Russian River Valley offers the perfect climate for growing Pinot Noir. Fog rolls in nightly from the nearby Pacific Ocean and cools the temperature down as much as 35-40 degrees each evening. This temperature differential allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance. The appellation is also known for a diversity of soil compositions. Each vineyard influences the fruit with different flavor profiles. When blended together, this tapestry creates a more complex wine.


There is a great deal of freshness and vibrancy to our 2016 Pinot Noir. Aromatic notes of raspberries, cranberry, bergamot, and sandalwood are followed by succulent flavors of cherries, black plums, and cloves. Tannins are smooth and well-integrated, as is the spiciness of the oak. This wine offers a beautiful balance and long-lived flavors that intensify the finish.

Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Barrel Regimen: 11 months in French oak

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