Virage aims to emulate — and they are very specific about this — the great Right Bank Bordeaux wines. With the inaugural 2007 release of this new winery’s juice — 71% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon — I’m not sure it has the Bordeaux character Virage is looking for, but it is a standout wine nonetheless.
Intense blueberry and dark chocolate notes are the highlight here, and the wine has a solid structure that makes the most of a notoriously tough grape. How Virage has done this with its first wine out of the gate I’m not entirely sure, but the results speak for themselves. The body is huge, and while the finish lacks a certain finesse, it nonetheless keeps calling you back for more.
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