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.
Two Arrowheads takes us back to the forest and the hunt for the mythical White Doe. Many believe the survivors of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke found shelter with the nearby Croatoan tribe, led by Manteo. Among them may have been Virginia Dare, the first child of English descent born in the new world. According to legend, as the girl grew into a beautiful woman, she fell in love with a young warrior named Okisko. But a jealous suitor put a spell on her and the fair maiden was transformed into a snow-white deer. Many men chased the white doe, seeking to capture her elusive spirit and prove their worth as warriors.
Okisko, her true love, carried an enchanted arrow that would restore the doe to human form. Another hunter, Wanchese, shot to kill. As fate would have it, both men shot true and the two arrowheads found their target at the exact same time. The white doe turned back into a beautiful woman, but it was too late; the warrior’s arrow had pierced her heart. In the spot where the doe fell, a scuppernong grapevine grew—the first wine grapes cultivated in North America, now known as the Mother Vine. As the doe’s blood soaked the soil, the white grapes on the vine turned red. With her last breath, the maiden revealed her true name, the name she had been born with: Virginia Dare.
There is a lusciousness to this vintage, but also vibrancy and a lighthearted character. The bouquet expresses exotic tones of lychee, peaches, and honeysuckle, but the striking minerality of other vintages is tempered this year, allowing citrus notes and floral nuances to shine. Silky on the palate, juicy flavors of pear and cloves are layered between zingy hints of lemon and quince, all of which crescendo on a fragrant finish.
The climate of the Russian River Valley is greatly influenced by fog that rolls in each evening from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This marine layer cools the vineyards down from their warm daytime temperature by as much as 35 to 50 degrees, creating a condition that allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance. For this wine, we sourced our grapes from vineyards located at the warm end of the appellation where the fruit demonstrates richness and a silky texture.