Producer: Upper Shirley Vineyards
Blend: 46% merlot, 31% petit verdot, 15% malbec, 8% tannat
* Review sample provided by the winery
Upper Shirley Vineyards 2014 "Zachariah" Red Wine
Nice, maturing aromas of black cherry and black plum are a bit overwhelmed by notes of toasty oak, sweet vanilla and smokey bacon.
Medium-bodied and with moderate alcohol (13.3% abv) the palate shows similar dark fruits along with hints of menthol and black pepper spice. But again, there is a lot of oak here, both in terms of flavor (bacon, vanilla, etc.) and its tannins, which are grippy, though softened at the edges.
Given the quality of the other reds in the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup Case, this one was a bit of a letdown. The oak and winemaking seems more important than regional character or terroir.