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Chateau Morrisette is among the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. Previous to the Covid-19 pandemic we also operated an award-winning restaurant with a 95% recommendation rate on OpenTable. With fresh vintages, flavors, and events at the winery, restaurant, vineyard, and festival field throughout the year, we will keep you abreast of all the great happenings and the people who make up Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant in this blog and through our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest sites.
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88 • Chateau Morrisette NV Apple Wine, Virginia $10.99. Best Buy.
Bright pale straw green color. Delicate, fruity aromas of baked pear, pear charlotte, crystalized sugar, and white kayo syrup with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, elegant, carefree finish with fruit tannins and no oak. (tasted on Jul-06-2015)
88 • Chateau Morrisette NV Apple & Blackberry Wine, Virginia $10.99. Best Buy.
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity aromas of ripe raspberry, red flowers, and hints of the barnyard with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. (tasted on Jul-06-2015)
In June 2015, Chateau Morrisette's 2013 Chardonnay Reserve and 2014 Vin Gris were reviewed by Wine Advocate. Mark Squires reviewed them for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and and scored the Chardonnay with 87 points and the Vin Gris with 88 points. He said,
"The 2013 Chardonnay Reserve was aged for 10 months in a mixture of new (43%) and used (57%) oak, with 45% of the barrels being Hungarian in origin, 29% French and 26% American. Only about twothirds of the barrels completed malolactic fermentation. It comes in at 13.3% alcohol. This shows fine focus and a little tension on the finish as well as reasonable midpalate solidity. A bit oaktinged, the wine mostly overcomes it and remains in good balance, crisp, tasty and lively, with a twang of acidity bouncing off the wood. It should hold a few years, but it will likely always be better when young and fresh, no matter how long it theoretically lasts. There were 335 cases produced."
He had even better things to say about the Vin Gris,
"The 2014 Rosé is a blend of 67% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. Correctly anticipating my (and no doubt others') question, the winery indicated that the 1% is simply due to a few baskets of Petit Verdot harvested the same day and thrown into the Cabernet Sauvignon bin. Produced with the saignée method, this is dry. Crisp and penetrating on the finish, this sunny pink has nice fruit that is well supported by its structure. Nicely textured, too, it should be a great pink this summer, with enough body and intensity to hold up to foods and fill that role as a red wine substitute. "
Both the 2013 Chardonnay Reserve and the 2014 Vin Gris are available for sale at Chateau Morrisette only. Supplies are limited. Visit the website to purchase the wine. THEDOGS.COM
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