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Slater Run Vineyards grows and creates premium Virginia wines in a dry French style under the direction of winemaker Ms. Katell Griaud. Ms. Griaud was born and raised in Bergerac, France at her family's winery, Chateau Kalian, and then educated in winemaking at Bordeaux University. 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 Vineyards makes the whites, reds and rose's listed below, but it also produces small productions of a Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, a new 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 2016
$12/glass $38/bottle $387.60/case with a 15% club or case 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 2017 - Available only at the Tasting Room
$15/glass $64/bottle or $54.40/bottle for Club.
This gold medal winning wine is 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 2016 Roots represents the second vintage in three years that has won gold in San Francisco. 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 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition; And The 2020 Harvest Terroir Challenge (Score 94)
THE PIT JUMPER 2017 -- SOLD OUT until Fall 2021
The Pit Jumper 2017 is a 50-case production made from 100% Slater Run Vineyards estate grapes comprising 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine is dedicated to all the “pit jumpers” who take a risk to pursue their dream. The label art is by DC artist Bill Rock. Please find more of his work at www.billrockart.com.
The different varietals that make up this wine were picked at different times as a result of their respective ripeness and were kept in separate tanks throughout the fermentation process and separate barrels throughout aging until blending.
After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently transported in small lugs to the winery where they were de-stemmed 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 Fahrenheit. The stirring by pump-over was done every day during both fermentation and the short warm post-maceration that collectively lasted three weeks. The different wines were then pressed and sent to barrels where malolactic fermentation occurred rapidly. After racking from malolactic fermentation, these wines were 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 2018. The final blending occurred in March 2018. In July 2018, after a small fining, the wine was racked, filtered and bottled.
GOLD MEDAL FOR LABEL -- 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition
CABERNET FRANC 2018
$9/glass $28/bottle $285.60/case with a 15% club or case 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.
"NO SULFITES" CABERNET FRANC 2019
(SALE PRICE ONGOING THROUGH MAY)
$9/glass $22.40/bottle $228.48/case with a 15% club or case
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 -- SOLD OUT until May 2021
(SALE PRICE ONGOING THROUGH MAY)
$9/glass $22.40/bottle $228.48/case with a 15% club or case
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.
ROSE 2019 -- SOLD OUT until late February 2021
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.
PetNat ROSE 2020
$28/bottle $336/case or $285.60 with a 15% club or case discount
This gently sparkling rosé Petillant Natural (PetNat) is made using a method that is older than the Champagne method. It is a fun, delicious and beloved Slater Run wine that sells out quickly.
PINOT GRIS 2019 -- SOLD OUT until April 2021
$8/glass $24/bottle $244.80/case with a 15% club or case 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.
RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2019
(100% French Oak fermented)
$10/glass $32/bottle $326.40/case with a 15% club or case discount
The 2019 Chardonnay Reserve offers a stylistic alternative to our 2019 steel fermented Chardonnay. The stainless steel aging of the 2019 Chardonnay preserves vibrant acidity and highlights fruit and floral characteristics, while the oak aging of the Chardonnay Reserve provides a more textural wine. It was aged 10 months in French Oak barrels, softening the acidity to create a smooth wine with great length. It does not have the specific buttery characteristic often associated with oak aged Chardonnay, but still displays a delicate richness for those that are looking for a white wine with fuller body. This Chardonnay Reserve is layered with apple, white flowers, vanilla, and baking spice. It delivers depth and complexity intended to satisfy Chardonnay lovers as well as those that may typically shy away from oaked Chardonnay.
SILVER MEDAL: The 2020 Harvest Terroir Challenge Wine Competition
CHARDONNAY 2019 (100% steel tank fermented)
$9/glass $26/bottle $265.20/case with a 15% club or case discount
Elegant and balanced, we harvested our 2019 Chardonnay with an acidic structure in mind, aiming to produce a crisp, clean wine. For this year's vintage, we produced an all steel tank Chardonnay that presents a pure expression of the Chardonnay fruit: crisp, zingy and refreshing. It brings to mind a French Chablis: sharp green apple, lime, lemon, unripe pear and mouth watering acidity. It almost feels like it's vibrating with energy.
CHATEAU KALIAN BERGERAC 2018
$9/glass $24/bottle $244.80/case with a 15% club or case discount
Produced in France at winemaker Katell Griaud's family winery, this dry and delicious organic estate white wine pairs well with pasta, fish, salads, barbecue and hard cheeses.
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Semillon Blanc (30%) & Muscadelle (10%), the wine 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.
CHATEAU KALIAN MONBAZILLAC 2016
$10/glass $23/bottle $224.40/case with a 15% club or case discount
This botrytized organic estate miracle sweet wine, made by winemaker Katell Griaud’s family winery in Monbazillac, France, derives from botrytized grapes. It tastes like honey on the tongue that then disappears leaving just a memory that something wonderful just happened.
Comprising Semillon (60%), Sauvignon Blanc (30%) and Muscadelle (10%), this type of wine can only be made 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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