Barboursville Vineyards - Octagon

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Octagon is this growing region's definition in red wine.

What explains its honors and age worthiness is that it disclosed itself, over decades of empirical investigation of this terroir with many clones of many wine grapes.

To discover Octagon and what it represents, is the founding charter to which this estate is dedicated, without preference, and with no ambition other than the honest passion to elicit the beauty of this ground.

While rare in supply, Octagon is no longer rare in annual production, because the proof of the vigor of its constituent parts -- Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot -- flowed naturally from the discovery of growing sites, clonal selections, trellising systems, and vine management techniques which reveal the persistent voice of our terroir in a wide range of seasonal conditions.

Octagon became, thereby, the authentic extraction of its time as well as of its place, one of the most rewarding proofs of the vitality of the Bordeaux style in the New World. The privilege of crafting this wine can be sensed each time one of its vintages is tasted, over a long and rewarding shelf life.

Vintage Factors:
2010 was a generous vintage for all our red wines, of quality notably higher even than our strict threshold for declaring an Octagon. This freed the winery to enjoy the broadest eligible array of vineyard blocks for blending this benchmark wine, but at the same time, it was plain that this wine would benefit from substantial cellar aging after bottling, before its release, which took place in February, 2014. By then, Octagon 2010 had won the Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and at San Diego's Winemaker Challenge in 2013, at Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, and at Virginia's Monticello Cup and Governor's Cup competitions in 2013 and 2014.
A proprietary blend driven by Merlot, with elements of Reserve Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The constituents are vinified in different lots, using the same method. Fermentation in stainless steel tank for 5-7 days, macerated for 10-20 days depending upon the varietal. Aged 12 to 14 months in new Gamba barriques of the most select French oak, air-dried a minimum of 3 years before coopering, laid down in bottle for an additional six months before release.
14.3% Alcohol
0.0% Residual Sugar
0.52% Total Acidity
Tasting Notes:
Fine garnet color with very forthcoming aromas of lush, fresh fruit, emphasizing ripened cherry, with well balanced secondary berry aromas and flavors, still very youthful. A vintage favoring elegance over density, as in Octagon IV (1999), the wine benefits from a period of decanting before serving and opens with great warmth, showing fine age worthiness.
Optimum Drinking:
Best from 2015 through 2025.
Food Pairings:
Osso buco alla veneziana
Chicken braised in Octagon and black olives
Sage and walnut-crusted lamb chop in rosemary jus

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