The resurrection of the Virginia Dare brand began in 2014 in Sonoma County with the release of multiple wines that in turn reveal a different aspect of the Virginia Dare legend
The resurrection of the Virginia Dare brand began in 2014 in Sonoma County with the release of multiple wines that in turn reveal a different aspect of the Virginia Dare legend.
The Lost Colony is inspired by one of the great mysteries in American history, a disappearance that set the stage for the origin story of American wine. In 1587, Governor John White and 118 English colonists landed on Roanoke Island (now part of North Carolina), and set about establishing a permanent colony. A month later, White’s daughter gave birth to a baby girl. She was christened Virginia Dare, the first child of English parentage born in the New World. But times were hard for her struggling colony. Governor White made a trip back to England, vowing to return promptly with aid, but he was delayed for three years by England’s war with Spain. When he finally returned, there was nobody there—the colony was lost without a trace. What had happened? Were there any survivors? To this day, The Lost Colony remains a mystery. Nobody really knows what transpired, but it was rumored that a fair-haired baby girl was sometimes seen playing among the children of the Croatoan people. Was she Virginia Dare?
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Expressive and complex, this rich powerful wine is loaded with ripe, succulent flavors of black raspberries, plums, and cassis. Fragrant notes of spiced cocoa, tobacco, cedar, and flint create an exotic bouquet that keeps evolving until lavender notes peek through as well. The mouthfeel is dense and lush, tannins are well integrated, and the finish is luxuriously long and appealing.
Due to the long, narrow shape of the appellation, the southern part of the valley is the first area to receive fog from the coast, making it cooler than the north, which does not experience marine influences or cooler temperatures until evening. Throughout the season, the temperature gradient continues with onshore and offshore flows occurring to create warm days and cool nights, which are ideal conditions for Bordeaux varietals. Soil diversity also plays a major role in shaping the flavor profile of the varietals in this blend. By sourcing from several diverse sites, we are able to craft a highly complex wine.
The 2015 vintage was one for the record books. Harvest unfolded weeks earlier than normal with red grapes being picked in early September when typically, they harvest well into October. Warm, consistent temperatures throughout the growing season coupled with little rain allowed the fruit to ripen faster than usual and develop intensely fragrant fruit with tremendous concentration.
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30 months in oak; 60% American oak, 40% French oak