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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.
FIRST BRIDGE 2015
$12/glass $38/bottle $387.60/case with a 15% discount
First Bridge represents a balanced blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals, leaning right bank in style. A food-friendly wine, the moderate alcohol level (13%) and smooth tannins allow it to pair well with a wide variety of foods or to be enjoyed on its own. This wine is aged for 16 months in French Burgundy barrels.
This primarily estate Bordeaux-style blend is 44% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, it will continue to mature for 5 to 10 years. The label features a photograph of the first bridge crossed en route from Slater Run Vineyards to Rectortown on Crenshaw Road. Owner Kiernan Slater’s Great Grandfather, George H. Slater, and three other private citizens built this bridge and one other on Crenshaw Road in 1919 to facilitate the transfer of cattle from their Upperville farms to the livestock depot in Rectortown.
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 $50/bottle $510.00/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
$9/glass $24/bottle $244.80/case with a 15% discount
A favorite of those who have recently discovered 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.
GOLD MEDAL -- 2019 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL -- 2019 International Women's Wine Competition
PINOT GRIS 2018 -- Sold Out, 2019 to be released in April 2020
$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.
$9/glass $26/bottle $265.20/case with a 15% discount
Elegant and balanced, we harvested our 2017 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 MONBAZILLAC 2016 —
$10/glass $23/bottle $224.40/case with a 15% discount
This estate wine is made by winemaker Katell Griaud’s family winery in Monbazillac France. Hand-harvested with different passes to select botrytized berries. Pressing for 3 to 4 hours, 24-hour cold settling, and alcoholic fermentation in French oak barrels. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. 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.).