Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Grapes: 36% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 31% cabernet franc
ABV: 12.6%
Price: $26*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Early Mountain Vineyards 2019 “Soif”

90 points

Fruity and high-toned in the way only wines made through carbonic maceration can be, this is anything but your typical Bordeaux-variety blend. Dark berry aromas are a bit savory at the edges – both herbal and woodsy spice.

Similarly fruit-forward, the juicy, fresh palate offers a punch of crunch black cherry and blackberry fruit, but a savory-minty herbal streak keeps it from being just a fruity fresh wine. There is a hint of cocoa nib as it breaths in the glass along with faint exotic spice notes.

I'm not a big fan of the term "glou glou" but this wine is definitely that. You can even give it a light chill if you'd like.

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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