24 May King Family Vineyards, Crozet Virginia
From Pippin Hill Farm we headed to King Family Vineyards in Crozet. As we headed out our driver pointed out that our last vineyard was actually closer, but…we had checked the times and the last vineyard was open the latest, so off to King Family Vineyards we went.
This vineyard is family owned and a smaller and more intimate winery. After the fact I saw that they have a gallery with art showings! We were so busy with the wine that I missed that while we were there. The are also known for their Polo matches
which begin each year on Memorial Day weekend.The tasting room has a 3 sided bar. The girl who was pouring for us was very knowledgable and was getting ready to graduate with a nursing degree. When we asked how she came to work here, she said she loved their Chardonnay and would come here, get a glass and study on the porch. They saw her so often they finally offered her a job. She really loves the wine and the winery and was passionate about sharing information on the grapes, the vineyards and the vintages. She began with trying to speak to all of us around the bar who began the tasting together, so as to not leave anyone waiting and give us all great information. Of course as we began tasting we were all at a different pace, so she broke off to give attention to the individual groups. She was indeed working the entire bar by herself, but never left us waiting too long and was always happy to provide information.
My friend Kathy had recommended this vineyard from a previous trip and she loves their Chardonnay. Evidently lots of people do because they were sold out and the next vintage doesn’t come out until July! They did however have a lovely white blend that we tried called Roseland. Roseland is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Viognier. 40% of the volume is aged in oak so you get a butteriness that is not overpowering mixed with the peach and honeysuckle from the Viognier and a little lemongrass. Even with the oak it has a clean finish.
Next we tasted the Crose. This is a 100% Merlot Dry rose and a play on the name of their city. Lots of tart grapefruit on this one with red fruits coming through. It is bright crisp and fun.
Their 2010 Merlot was lovely with mocha, deep cherry and wet stone. Very enjoyable and this one will just get better.
The 2010 Meritage is 43% Merlot, 27% Petit Verdot, 22% Cab Franc and 8% Malbec. This wine is bright and young. It had just recently been bottled. You could see it’s potential, but I think it needs a little more time before drinking.
The 2009 Seven is a fortified wine in the port style. It is 100% Merlot. While it sits at 18% alcohol it does not feel hot on the palate. It does however evaporate faster than almost anything I have ever put in my mouth. With a bit of dark chocolate this could be lovely for after dinner.
The final wine we tasted was the 2010 Loreley which is 50% each Viognier and Petit Manseng. This late harvest wine is fermented and aged in the barrel. Sweet without being cloying it would again be nice after dinner. We looked at our watches and knew we had to head out to our final stop of the day at Veritas.