Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Vineyard: Quaker Run Vineyard
Grapes: 72% merlot, 26% petit verdot, 2% cabernet sauvignon
Winemaking Notes: 17 months in French oak (40% new)
ABV: 14.6%
Price: $55*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Early Mountain Vineyards 2017 Eluvium

90 points

The merlot-heavy (72%) nature of this blend comes through on a nose that bursts with ripe plum and black cherry fruit as well as notes of blueberry jam, blackberry, sweet herbs, and cigar box.

Concentrated and well structured, the palate offers a lot of dark fruit character backed by some spice, a hint of minty herbs, and a little sweet cedar. Ripe, plush tannins make this wine approachable today, but also make me think it will age beautifully for 5-10 years or more.

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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