Virga is our rich, full bodied and slightly spicy homage to the great wines of France’s Southern Rhone Valley. It displays a semi opaque ruby color and rich, smoky aromas of blackberries, black plums, black currants, black roses, mulberry, pipe tobacco, garrigue, pepper and spiced incense. The flavors are thick and chewy, interlayered with licorice, dark cocoa, roasted coffee beans and earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured with sensations of macerated berries, roasted nuts, mocha, crème de cassis and charcoal, followed by a savory, ripe tannin finish.
Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 29.4%. Our grapes were hand sorted and mechanically destemmed into a small bin for a 1-2 day cold soak to bring out flavors and color. Yeast and nutrients were then added to start a 7-10 day fermentation. Then the “free run” wine was pumped into barrels and the remaining skins were gently pressed to extract remaining wine. into the barrels. The wine then went through a malolactic fermentation which softens the wine.