Virginia Dare Wines are crafted exclusively with grapes from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, where powdery clay soil and a nightly marine layer from the Pacific Ocean combine to create one of the best viticulture regions in the United States
Virginia Dare Wines are crafted exclusively with grapes from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, where powdery clay soil and a nightly marine layer from the Pacific Ocean combine to create one of the best viticulture regions in the United States.
The Virginia Dare Showcase Wines pay homage to the legendary Virginia Dare herself. Our bottles are reminiscent of the original Virginia Dare wines, first crafted in 1835 by Garrett & Company in North Carolina. In bringing the Virginia Dare legacy back to life, we’ve revived the vintage look of the original label and used old-fashioned American ingenuity to develop exquisite new wines worthy of carrying forward Virginia Dare’s legacy.
Juicy impressions of berry and spice notes reflect the warmth of this vintage. The palate offers density and a velvety texture enhanced by supple tannins. A beautiful aroma of black and red raspberries, sandalwood, and lavender is followed by succulent flavors of cherry, wild strawberry, clove, and vanilla bean—all of which stretch out on a long, luxurious finish.
The distinct qualities that make the Russian River Valley an ideal viticulture environment include a unique combination of powdery clay soils, varying temperatures along the river basin, and a nightly incursion of fog, which creates a cooling effect that helps the fruit retain its natural acidity. Fruit from the warmer zones of the valley offer plum and blueberry flavors, whereas fruit grown in the cooler regions provides structure and red fruit flavors such as cherries and strawberries. When blended together we achieve a wine of complexity and character.
2015 not only marks the fourth consecutive season of exceptional fruit quality in California, but also saw the earliest harvest on record. Early bud break and persistent dry conditions coupled to form a lighter than normal crop. Excellent weather throughout the growing season along with lower yields resulted in fruit with intense concentration and beautiful aromatic qualities.