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THE WINES

Slater Run Vineyards grows and creates premium Virginia wines in a dry French style under the direction of Bordeaux University trained winemaker Ms. Katell Griaud.  Perhaps best known for its flagship Bordeaux-style red blend, "Roots", that won gold medals at the San Francisco International in both 2017 and 2019, Slater Run makes the whites, reds and rose's listed below, but it also produces small productions of a Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, a new estate Sauvignon Blanc, an effervescent Petillant Naturel (PetNat) rose, and two "no sulfite" reds (a merlot and a cabernet franc).  For the best experience of our wines, please consider joining the quarterly wine club to ensure that you have access to the smaller productions that often sell out quickly.

REDS

FIRST BRIDGE 2016

$12/glass   $38/bottle   $387.60/case with a 15% discount

First Bridge represents a balanced blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals, leading with Cabernet Franc, which is now widely regarded as Virginia’s most successful red grape.  A food-friendly wine, the moderate alcohol level and smooth tannins allow it to pair well with a wide variety of foods or to be enjoyed on its own. The label features a photograph of one of two bridges that were commissioned by owner Kiernan Slater Patusky's great grandfather George Meacham Slater along with three other farmer neighbors in 1919 to enable them to move their cattle across the Goose Creek in two places en route to the depot in Rectortown.


Varietals: 44% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.  70% Grapes grown by Slater Run Vineyards. 100% Grapes grown in Virginia.


Aging: 16 months aging in 100% French oak barrels with a combination of 12% new oak, 18% 1-year old barrels (26%) 2-year old barrels (43%) 2-year old barrels (44%)

GOLD MEDAL -- The Atlantic Seaboard Competition (2019)

SILVER MEDAL – San Francisco International Wine Competition (2019), and The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

ROOTS 2015  -- Sorry SOLD OUT UNTIL the 2016 vintage is released in June 2020

$15/glass   $54/bottle   $550.80/case with a 15% discount

A 100% Estate grown Bordeaux blend, Roots is a strong, lush wine. Notes of cherry and leather play through prominently on the palate with notes of crushed black pepper on the nose. This wine is aged for 16 months in French Burgundy barrels and represents the Slater family’s ties to the land on which the grapes are grown. 

This recently released estate Bordeaux-style blend follows up the 2014 Roots which was rated 92 points at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition.  It is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot.  Roots represents a sophisticated production.  Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, it will continue to mature for 5 to 10 years.  The label features a photograph of owner Kiernan Slater Patusky’s grandfather, Thomas Glascock Slater, in mid-jump at an Upperville farm in 1933.

GOLD MEDAL:  The 2018 Harvest Challenge Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL: The 2019 International Women's Wine Competition, Sonoma Country California 

THE PIT JUMPER 2016 -- Sorry SOLD OUT UNTIL the 2017 vintage is released September 2020

$13/glass   $45/bottle   $459.00/case with a 15% discount

The Pit Jumper  2016 is a 27 case production red blend made up of 100% Slater Run Vineyards estate grapes. The blend consists of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. These different varietals were picked at different times as a result of their respective ripeness and were kept separately throughout the fermentation process in tanks and in barrels throughout aging until blending. The wine is dedicated to the “pit jumpers” and the label artwork is by local artist Bill Rock.

After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently transported in small lugs to the winery where they were destemmed and sorted again on a vibrating sorting table before being sent into a stainless steel tank by gravity. After 4 days of cold maceration, the alcoholic fermentation was started and occurred around 75 to 80 degrees F. Pumpovers were done every day during the fermentation and also during the short warm post-maceration, that collectively lasted a total of about 3 weeks. The different wines were then pressed and sent to barrels where malolactic fermentation occurred rapidly. After racking from malolactic fermentation, these wines returned to barrels to be aged for 16 months entirely in French oak Bordeaux barrels (60% new and 40% in 2-year old barrels). A first “rough” blending occurred in January 2017. The final blending occurred in March 2017. In July 2017, after a small fining, the wine was racked, filtered and bottled.

 

GOLD MEDAL FOR LABEL -- 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition

CABERNET FRANC 2017

$9/glass   $28/bottle   $285.60/case with a 15% discount


Fruit forward and easy drinking. This Cabernet Franc is intentionally lighter in style to produce a food friendly and all-weather red wine. Notes of red plum and strawberry come through on the nose and palate with a moderately high acidity keeping the wine fresh on the finish. Aged for 8 months in French Burgundy barrels to round out the wine and smooth the notes of spice on the palate.  

SILVER MEDAL -- Harvest International Wine Competition, and International Women's Wine Competition

"NO SULFITES" CABERNET FRANC 2019 

(SALE PRICE ONGOING THROUGH MAY)

$9/glass   $22.40/bottle   $228.48/case with a 15% discount

What is all this talk out in the wine world of "no sulfite" wines?  Well, experience it now by tasting either of the two "no sulfite" wines produced by Slater Run Vineyards in 2019, the Cabernet Franc or Merlot.  

This Slater Run Vineyards estate grown wine (from the "Silo vineyard") is 100% Cabernet Franc and was made in stainless steel tanks with fermentation starting immediately around 75 degrees Fahrenheit to keep a fruity style without extracting too many tannins.  Only the free run wine that drained from the tank without pressing was used to make this wine, with the remaining skin and mash pressed for other wines.  

"NO SULFITES" MERLOT 2019

(SALE PRICE ONGOING THROUGH MAY)

$9/glass   $22.40/bottle   $228.48/case with a 15% discount

This dry stainless steel aged (100%) Virginia Merlot presents with a lush deep red color and crisp light taste that makes it perfect for drinking with or without paired foods.  It is not meant to be aged, but to be enjoyed on a whim during the first 18 months or so after production.  

Our decision to make two "no sulfite" wines in 2019 arose from a 2017 experimental no-sulfite wine that was our winery's contribution to the work fo the Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange (WRE) where winemakers test out different ideas and share the data and results.  The 2017 no sulfite Merlot was so well-received by our guests that we decided to do it again in 2019 and to add an estate no sulfite Cabernet Franc to boot.  

 

ROSÉ

ROSE 2019

(SALE PRICE ONGOING THROUGH MAY)

$9/glass   $19.20/bottle   $195.84/case with a 15% discount

A favorite of those who like a dry rosé and a bridge between those who claim they only like reds or only like whites. Our winemaker describes it as: a perfect “white” wine with red wine aromas.  This lightly colored rosé was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, resulting in a delightful expression of Cabernet Franc fruit that evokes raspberry or strawberry ice cream.

 

WHITES-

PINOT GRIS 2019 now available!!!

$8/glass   $24/bottle   $244.80/case with a 15% discount

Crisp and light, this estate-grown Pinot Gris pairs perfectly with hot summer days on the patio. 100% stainless steel fermented and aged, the fruit takes the lead role in this wine, balancing acidity and sweetness that make a cold bottle disappear much too quickly—but that can carry you through a wide range of cheeses, salads, fish, chicken, seafood and veggies on the grill.

 

CHARDONNAY 2018

(SALE PRICE ONGOING THROUGH MAY)

$9/glass   $20.80/bottle   $212.16/case with a 15% discount

Elegant and balanced, we harvested our 2018 Chardonnay with an acidic structure in mind, aiming to produce a crisp, clean wine with subtle elements of roundness and richness contributed by the batonnage on lees and use of 2 year-old French Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. This treatment allows the elegant tropical flavors of the fruit and soft creaminess of the lees to create a delicious mouthfeel.

SILVER MEDAL -- 2019 Harvest International Wine Competition

CHATEAU KALIAN BERGERAC 2018

$9/glass   $24/bottle   $244.80/case with a 15% discount

This organic estate dry and delicious white wine pairs well with pasta, fish, salads, barbecue and hard cheeses.

 

The wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Semillon Blanc (30%) & Muscadelle (10%) made by Katell's family winery in Bergerac, France.  It expresses delicate notes of fruits and white flowers that blossom into peach, grapefruit and pineapple scents when aerated.  On the palate, the Sauvignon Blanc's freshness and complexity mingles with the Semillon Blanc's and the Muscadelle's texture and creaminess to create a complex, balanced and structured taste sensation.  It then finishes with a satisfying minerality that is typical of Chateau Kalian's terroir.   

 

DESSERT-

CHATEAU KALIAN MONBAZILLAC 2016 

$10/glass   $23/bottle   $224.40/case with a 15% discount

This organic estate sweet wine tastes like honey on the tongue that then disappears leaving just a memory that something wonderful just happened.

 

Made by winemaker Katell Griaud’s family winery in Monbazillac, France from Semillon (60%), Sauvignon Blanc (30%) and Muscadelle (10%), this particular type of wine can be made only with grapes grown in the few places in the world that possess a peculiar micro-climate that allows the disease botritis cinera to dessicate (suck water out of) the grapes while still allowing them to reach full ripening.  Hand-harvested, pass after pass, to select only the botrytized high sugar content berries, and then pressed for 3 to 4 hours with 24-hour cold settling, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months until the alcohol content reaches 13% with 11.5% residual sugar.

 

Monbazillac is traditionally served as an aperitif with some appetizers made with foie gras or prosciutto or blue type of cheese (Roquefort, Gorgonzola…). It can also be enjoyed as a dessert wine or during a meal with poultry or at dessert (apricot tatin pie, poached pears, strawberries, salad, etc.). 

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