Tasting Wine At The Vineyard Of A US President

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Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the USA. History will remember him as being the chief author of the Declaration of Independence, but politics wasn’t his only passion.

In Charlottesville, Virginia you can see where Jefferson's first vineyards were planted in 1774. Virginia is one of the top up and coming wine destinations in the world and since replanting the original sites in 1981, Jefferson’s Vineyards now produce some of the state’s finest wines.
These days you needn’t be leader of the free world to tour the vineyards. Wine lovers from all over the world descend on Charlottesville to sample the produce. In this video you can see just why people make the trip, and also see the following wines being tasted and analysed.

Chardonnay reserve 09
While at first showing crisp mineral aromas, the nose is quickly enveloped in bright citrus, apple and lemon peel. The palate shows intense fruits, underpinned by crisp minerality and balanced by tingling acidity and a broad rich mouthfeel. 2010 Lodi Wine Awards - Gold Medal

Viognier
Aromas of honeysuckle & apricot lead to similar flavors lifted by polished acidity & an underlying minerality. This cuvee will age gracefully the next 1 to 2 years. Serve only to your immediate family & closest friends & with any lighter foods. 2009 San Diego Int'l - Gold Medal

Meritage 08
Shows palate saturating red and black fruits from the first taste through the finish. With notes of cassis, espresso, chocolate on the mid-palate and Provencal herbs on the finish. This wine will bring handsome rewards if cellared for the next decade. 2010 San Diego Int'l - Gold Medal

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