2019 Virginia Governor's Case Wine
2016 was marked by early frost events and sporadic rain during the red harvest. Bud break was just a week earlier than average but frost events on the 7th and 10th of April resulted in lower than average yields in Chardonnay, Viognier, and Merlot. Despite the frost we had a very nice summer that allowed the low yields in the field to ripen well. Hurricane Matthew provided some challenges with the earlier ripening reds but thanks to a great early season much of the crop was already showing good concentration of flavors. Patience proved again to be wise with the Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.
Sorting pre and post-destemming, grapes are destemmed, not crushed. Fermentation and maceration will last up to 2 months followed by a gentle pressing. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in barrels. Blending is done in April. Aging 18 months in French oak (45% new oak).