In celebration of Virginia Wine Week I was planning on posting a great wine each day. Well it has been a busy week and I am just now catching up with myself. Today I wanted to share a new find with you, Vint Hill Craft Winery Petit Manseng. This is young wine to Virginia, but I have a feeling this wine is going to make a huge impact.
The 2009 Vint Hill Petit Manseng, is not what you would expect from a typical Petit Manseng, often these grapes, which are Native to France, are made into a sweet desert wine. However, Winemaker DJ Leffin has ‘worked magic in the barrel”. The Petit Manseng was aged in new Acacia barrel. This produced a wonderful, dry, golden table wine with bright fruit, wonderfully balanced with a rich texture. The wine itself has a light floral nose, with a bit of tangerine. There is a naturally higher alcohol with this wine, which just adds to the magic. The folks at Vint Hill say “We’ve all tasted it and if this one was rated by Wine Spectator, it would easily be rated at 92-94 points and would be a “buy” recommendation.” I would have to agree.
As DJ writes, “Acacia aging helps to bring out floral and tropical aromatic qualities in this wine. There is a perception of sweetness on the palate with flavors of a tropical Pacific island. It will be great on the patio with a bowl of fresh fruit or seafood on the grill.” Perfect for these great spring days.
I must warn you there was only 30 cases of this wine bottled, and I have a feeling that it will go fast. Stop by the Vint Hill Tasting room, just outside of Warrenton VA and enjoy some Love in your glass.