Wine Descriptors

ANKIDA RIDGE VINEYARDS WINES

 

ANKIDA RIDGE 2011 CHARDONNAY

Described by sommelier, Michelle Gueydan, “This wine really “rocks” — as in it is replete with stony and minerally verve. It’s like a Granny Smith apple that was rubbed with chalky stone, with a touch of cream. It is hard to believe this comes from a hillside on the Blue Ridge and not from the hills of Chassagne-Montrachet.

Wine writer, Richard Leahy, author of “Beyond Jefferson’s Vines” writes…“If you want elegance and finesse in Virginia chardonnay, here’s one you don’t want to miss.”

Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post… Recommended Chardonnay

TASTING NOTES

The bouquet expresses delicate pear and apple that melds with a hint of lemongrass and vanilla bean.  Subtle notes of crisp citrus round out the nose and are carried through the wine by the balanced acidity and clean Burgundian minerality.

HARVEST & VINIFICATION NOTES

HARVESTED  Aug 29 & Sept 4, 2011

BRIX:  21.9 and 21

ALCOHOL: 11.8%

The 2011 Chardonnay was hand-picked and chilled prior to being hand-sorted and whole cluster pressed.  After pressing, the Chardonnay was racked and fermented in 100% neutral French oak barrels. 50% of the wine was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation.  After aging on its lees for 9 months, the wine was hand-bottled into classic Burgundy style bottles and sealed with 100% natural cork.

BEST SERVED ONLY SLIGHTLY CHILLED

CASES PRODUCED 83

DRINK 2012-2015

PRICE $32

 

ANKIDA RIDGE 2011 PINOT NOIR

At the recent “Judgment of Virginia” in Staunton, in a blind tasting our 2011 Pinot, “blew away” a French Premier Cru Pinot Noir!

TASTING NOTES

The nose shows classic Burgundian character with round black cherry and cassis then evolves into hints of ripe strawberry. Kirsch combines with cardamom and white pepper and the long finish carries with it classic fresh bright cherry notes.

HARVEST & VINIFICATION NOTES

HARVESTED  Aug 21 & Aug 25, 2011

BRIX:  23 and 23.5

ALCOHOL: 12.8%

Our 2011 Pinot Noir was hand-picked and chilled prior to be being de-stemmed and hand-sorted into open-top fermenters where it cold soaked at 48° for 4 days.  After a slow, warm fermentation the Pinot was pressed in a gentle bladder press and racked, 25% into new French oak medium toast barrels with remainder in neutral oak. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. After 10 months of aging, the wine was hand-bottled into classic Burgundy style bottles and sealed with premium natural cork.

BEST SERVED COOL ROOM TEMPERATURE, DECANTED

CASES PRODUCED 181

DRINK 2013-2016

PRICE $42

 

ROCKGARDEN CELLARS WINES

AND INTRODUCING!!…. Our second label of wines, “Rockgarden Cellars!”  This new line of wines is made with the same hand-crafted care as our Ankida Ridge wines, but sourced from grapes grown in neighboring Virginia vineyards that  have made the journey to our winery.  Thus, we are coining this new line, “The Voyager Series.”

Rockgarden Cellars Voyage de Rouge 2011

A Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc that melds to create a beautiful ruby red color with a nose of rich fruit, cassis and raspberry.  Perfumed notes of violet, sweet tobacco, and dense fruit are rounded by the soft lingering tannins.

13.3% alcohol             40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon            120 cases produced        $26 per bottle

Rockgarden Cellars Vin Doux

This “Ruby Port-Style” fortified desert wine grapes offers a nose of fragrant plum and delicate white pepper.  Warming, sweet fruit with soft tannins form a delicious after-dinner sipping wine.

17% alcohol                4.5% RS          100% Chambourcin                32 cases produced       $28 per bottle

 

Rockgarden Cellars Voyage de Vert 2012   

Inspired by the popular “Vinho Verde” wines from Portugal, this light, crisp wine bursts with flavors of citrus and green apple with a hint of effervescence. It goes great with a platter of oysters on a hot day.

10.3% alcohol             85% Vidal Blanc, 15% Pinot Noir      86 cases produced          $16 per bottle

 

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