|Octagon is this growing region's definition in red wine.
We invite you to share at home in a tasting of Octagon in our winery.
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.
For selected red wine grapes which made the winemaker's cut for this vintage of Octagon, the 2009 vintage ranks as high at this estate as the great vintages which bracket it, 2008 and 2010. A long and cool growing season with a fairly dry October allowed for a later than average harvest, resulting in beautiful concentration of aromatics and ripening of tannins. The consequence is one of the most stellar Octagons we have produced and among the most awarded: Gold Medals at the Monticello Competition, the Winemakers' Challenge and the Critics Challenge in California, Platinum Medal at the Sommeliers Challenge, Gold Medal and Best Virginia Red Wine designation at Chicago's Beverage Testing Institute, and the Virginia Governor's Cup in 2013.
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.
0.0% Residual Sugar
0.53% Total Acidity
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.
Very attractive 4 years off the vine, Octagon 2009 will be showing its best from 2015 through 2025.
Osso buco alla veneziana
Chicken braised in Octagon and black olives
Sage and walnut-crusted lamb chop in rosemary jus