Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Vineyard: Mt. Airy Vineyard
Grapes: 100% blaufrankisch
ABV: 11-14%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Early Mountain Vineyards 2018 Blaufrankisch Petillant-Naturel

Early Mountain Vineyards 2018 Blaufrankisch Petillant-Naturel

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There is an earthy, peppery edge a nose dominated by ripe black cherry and high-toned purple flower aromas. The supremely juicy, focused palate offers more of the same with terrific acidity and just a little black cherry skin tannin grip. As it warms just a little, there is an intriguing savory/umami note that emerges that brings complexity to a finish that is a little yeasty and minerally.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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