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Willowcroft Assemblage Select 2014

ID No: 445337
Country:United States
Region:Virginia
Winery:Willowcroft
Grape Type:Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:2014
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Willowcroft Assemblage Select 2015

Full-bodied elegant red wine with nuances of rich berry fruit & soft oak on the finish. Our pinnacle estate red is meticulously blended by a professional panel of respected palates.

Willowcroft Assemblage Select is made from 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. 

Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Fermented and aged for 18 months in a mix of French and American Oak barrels.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Willowcroft Albarino 2018

Willowcroft started planting albarino in 2010 after Lew visited Galicia trying to find a replacement for Chardonnay that had been lost to flavescence doree.
The wine is dry with earthy citrus & mineral notes and a touch of peach on the finish.

100% Albarino grapes.

Harvested from home Vineyards (brix 24.4 and TA 6.9). 

No Malo-Lactic fermentation in order to preserve a good acidity and some freshness.

Fermented and aged for 7 months in Stainless steel tanks.

Bottled in April 2017 after a slight filtration.


Willowcroft Cabernet Franc 2016

Willowcroft Cabernet Franc is made from 75% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Chambourcin and 4% Petit Verdot. This is a blend of clones from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. 
This is planted on silty loam soils. 
Harvested from home Vineyards on Sept 23rd 2015 (brix 23.9). 
Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Fermented and aged for 12 months in a mix of French, Hungarian and American Oak barrels.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Willowcroft Petit Verdot 2016

This Petit Verdot was originally planted to be a blending component, but the end result was so delicious, it has been bottled as a "single varietal".

Deep color, intense flavor.

Willowcroft Petit Verdot 82% Petit Verdot and 18% Merlot.
Planted on silty Loam soils.
Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Fermented and aged for 12 months in French, Hungarian and American Oak barrels.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Willowcroft Riesling Muscat-Ottonel 2017

Good presentation of the floral notes of the Muscat ottonel with the Riesling. These 2 grape varietals are complementing each others bringing some acidity and some rich fruit and floral flavors. 

A very small residual sugar of 0.7% is kept for balance.

Willowcroft Riesling Muscat-Ottonel is made from 66% Riesling and 34% Muscat-Ottonel grapes grown on silty loam soils.
Average age of the vines is 30 years old.
No Malo-Lactic fermentation in order to preserve a good acidity and some freshness.
Fermented and aged for 7 months in Stainless steel tanks.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Betz Family La Cote Rousse Syrah 2014

Sweet, savory aromas lead the way, sort of a mineral-laden black fruit---dark berries and plums. Smoke, dried herbs, violet, meat, wet stones and a hint of ironstone complete the package. It penetrates yet is a broad fragrant expression. I've always felt the aromatic range of this wine has its foundation in the four clones we use.

The black fruits continue on the palate, with black cherry, dark plum and spices echoing the aroma. While it's rich, almost luxurious, there's a tannic foundation and a structured acidity. Floral and earthy, the dried herbs and stones emerge here too, along with tobacco, thyme and lavender. This is a food-lover's Syrah, with weight, brightness and dimension.

(Clones 174, 383, 99 and Phelps) Vineyards: Ciel du Cheval Ranch at the End of the Road Classic Red Mountain character defines the Syrah La Côte Rousse, despite being the product of a cooler vintage. The warm site vineyards, Ciel du Cheval and Ranch at the End of the Road accumulated more heat than our other sites and ripened the four Syrah clones to a greater extent; we’ve never seen Red Mountain deliver less than full physiological maturity, every vintage. Nevertheless this vintage retains a vibrancy and energy that isn’t often found on Red Mountain.

 


Review:

From the hot, windswept slopes of Red Mountain, the 2014 Syrah la Cote Rousse is a serious, tight, backwards effort that won’t be for those looking for instant gratification. Possessing classic Red Mountain red and black fruits, dried earth, pepper, dried spice and black olive characteristics, it’s full-bodied, beautifully textured, has flat out awesome purity and impeccable balance. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade or so.

While there's a long history of terrific wines from this estate, I think they've hit another level in the past few vintages, and these latest releases show a purity, elegance and textural quality not found in early bottlings. I'm sure this is in part due to the creation of a second wine, and even a stricter selection for all of the top cuvees. In short, don't miss a chance to try these wines. 96 Points Wine Advocate

 Wine Advocate: 96
Product Description

Full-bodied elegant red wine with nuances of rich berry fruit & soft oak on the finish. Our pinnacle estate red is meticulously blended by a professional panel of respected palates.

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. 
Harvested October 2014. Barrel Selected. Bottled August 2016.
Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Fermented and aged for 18 months in a mix of French and American Oak barrels.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Winery: Willowcroft


CELEBRATING 31 YEARS OF WINE MAKING EXCELLENCE.

Willowcroft boasts breathless panoramic views of Loudoun Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Willowcroft’s personal attention to detail, both in the vineyard and the winery, has resulted in national award-winning wines, time after time. In the 1800s the slopes were recognized for their potential and were planted to orchards. Today vineyards, which have replaced the fruit trees, yield superior grapes. The rustic beauty of the winery, housed in the old red barn, and the award-winning wines, will give you reason to return to this peaceful spot.

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