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RdV Vineyards - Wines


Neither Bordeaux nor Napa, but uniquely our own.

RdV wines rival the best the world has to offer. They are the culmination of raw science, hard work, and pure artistry.

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RdV Vineyards - Wines


Neither Bordeaux nor Napa, but uniquely our own.

RdV wines rival the best the world has to offer. They are the culmination of raw science, hard work, and pure artistry.

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RdV Vineyards - Lost Mountain


Lost Mountain

Named for a picturesque peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lost Mountain embodies the unlimited potential of our Virginia terroir. The granite soils of RdV Vineyards have yielded a world-class wine, energetic and tightly structured, that shows impressive elegance, complexity, and depth with age. With its backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon, Lost Mountain is our “Left Bank” Bordeaux-style blend, one that continues to evolve and improve over the years. When enjoying Lost Mountain in its youth, we encourage decanting to allow the wine to display its full greatness.

 

 

 

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RdV Vineyards - Lost Mountain


Lost Mountain

Named for a picturesque peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lost Mountain embodies the unlimited potential of our Virginia terroir. The granite soils of RdV Vineyards have yielded a world-class wine, energetic and tightly structured, that shows impressive elegance, complexity, and depth with age. With its backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon, Lost Mountain is our “Left Bank” Bordeaux-style blend, one that continues to evolve and improve over the years. When enjoying Lost Mountain in its youth, we encourage decanting to allow the wine to display its full greatness.

 

 

 

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RdV Vineyards - Rendezvous


Rendezvous

In France, RdV is shorthand for rendezvous, a word appropriate to describe an exceptional wine that comes from a serendipitous meeting of the elements. Like Lost Mountain, Rendezvous is a complex expression of our magical hillside. Rendezvous is fashioned after the Merlot-based blends of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and is specifically selected for its generosity and accessibility. This wine exhibits lively fruit flavors with a rounded structure. Its approachability makes it a perfect wine to enjoy right away, or within a few years of its release.

 

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RdV Vineyards - Rendezvous


Rendezvous

In France, RdV is shorthand for rendezvous, a word appropriate to describe an exceptional wine that comes from a serendipitous meeting of the elements. Like Lost Mountain, Rendezvous is a complex expression of our magical hillside. Rendezvous is fashioned after the Merlot-based blends of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and is specifically selected for its generosity and accessibility. This wine exhibits lively fruit flavors with a rounded structure. Its approachability makes it a perfect wine to enjoy right away, or within a few years of its release.

 

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RdV Vineyards - Prior Vintages


Vintages

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RdV Vineyards - Prior Vintages


Vintages

2012

CURRENT VINTAGE

Long growing seasons are often credited with producing wines of elevated aromatic and flavor complexity, and this is exactly what happened in 2012. The growing season began ten days early but mild temperatures and consistent rains resulted in a harvest that was a week later than usual. Several weeks of a stunning Indian summer in September provided the ideal amount of stress to beautifully ripen the Merlot and give the Cabernet Sauvignon the gentle push it needed. The resulting wines are characterized by rich flavors, charming aromatics, and a seamless structure.

LOST MOUNTAIN
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

Brooding and masculine on the nose, the 2012 Lost Mountain embodies depth, complexity and richness. A cloak of velvety Cabernet tannins support an abundance of black fruits and minerality concentrated in a dense mid-palate. Generosity and energy define this noble wine that has tremendous aging potential.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 46%
CABERNET FRANC 40%
MERLOT 14%

RENDEZVOUS
17/20 Jancis Robinson

The 2012 Rendezvous showcases the refinement and finesse characteristic of the vintage. With aromas suggestive of forest fruits, patisserie, and hints of earthiness, the wine is supple and round and framed by sweet tannins that provide a vibrant, harmonious finish. Immensely enjoyable now, it will continue to please for years to come.

MERLOT 57%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 22%
CABERNET FRANC 12%
PETIT VERDOT 9%


2011

In 2011 Mother Nature proved temperamental at times, testing our site and our determination. A quick but violent hailstorm in early July reduced the crop load by 30 percent. Luckily, the vines are resilient, and by late August we were again optimistic—until Hurricane Irene and a month of unrelenting cloudy weather paid us a visit, reducing our yields by another 40 percent. Despite these struggles, we were thrilled with the remarkable, elegant wines produced. The only thing we are left wanting is more bottles in the cellar.

LOST MOUNTAIN
17/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 50%
CABERNET FRANC 31%
MERLOT 16%
PETIT VERDOT 3%

RENDEZVOUS
16+/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 69%
CABERNET FRANC 23%
PETIT VERDOT 8%

2010

Record temperatures in late March set the momentum for the hot and dry season that would follow. With the vines breaking bud in early April, the season began nearly three weeks ahead of average. Much to our pleasant surprise, these dry Mediterranean conditions continued all the way through harvest, which began in early September and was complete by mid-October. Small intense berries produced wines with tremendous concentration and power that will undoubtedly age gracefully for many years to come.

LOST MOUNTAIN
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 64%
MERLOT 36%

RENDEZVOUS
16/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 44%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 24%
PETIT VERDOT 20%
CABERNET FRANC 12%


2009

We began with a later than normal start due to a cool and wet spring, one that continued into the beginning of June. Fortunately, flowering was successful and dry warm weather arrived by July. August and September provided ideal ripening conditions with very moderate temperatures and minimal rainfall. Harvest began in mid-September with the Merlot and continued through the end of a cool October with the Cabernet Sauvignon. As a result, the wines show great finesse and balance, expressing a vintage void of excesses.

LOST MOUNTAIN
18/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 77%
MERLOT 14%
PETIT VERDOT 9%

RENDEZVOUS
17/20 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 35%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 32%
CABERNET FRANC 21%
PETIT VERDOT 12%

2008

In our inaugural vintage, a warm and dry June encouraged a healthy flowering. Consistent light rains followed. This proved to be a blessing, establishing the new vineyards with a strong canopy needed to sustain the plants through the increasingly dryer summer months. Because the vines were young and the conditions hot and dry, harvest took place in early September. The resulting wines display a density of opulent fruit while retaining a balance of elegance and complexity.

LOST MOUNTAIN (known as RdV for our first vintage)
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 85%
MERLOT 10%
PETIT VERDOT 5%

RENDEZVOUS
16.5 Jancis Robinson

MERLOT 62%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 29%
CABERNET FRANC 6%
PETIT VERDOT 3%