Established in 2016, Mountain Run Winery is located on Mountain Run Lake Road, in Culpepper, Virginia. The winery is named after the Mountain Run waterway that navigates from Mountain Run Lake, along the rear of the property, and into Lake Pelham.
The winery sits on a 125-year-old farm comprised of 36 acres of fields, forest, and vineyards. Within the farm there are five acres of grapes, berries, and pear trees. The vineyards were planted in 2015 with Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Crimson Cabernet, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Mourvèdre, Nebbiolo, Albariño, and Dornfelder. They also have small plantings of Niagara, Concord, Catawba, Diamond, and Swenson vines. They source additional grapes from Aldie, Hume, Fredericksburg, and outside of Lynchburg. They also have blackberries, raspberries, and elderberries planted along the forest line for use to make both wine and jam.
On Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14, 2021, City Vino will be pouring four of Mountain Run Winery’s wine for your tasting pleasure. The featured wines will be their Simply Chardonnay, Dog Rock Rose, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Simple Chardonnay is just that—it’s true to its name, as it is simply crisp, simply light, and simply delicious. The wine features aromas and flavors of green apple and lemon, along with a balanced minerality.
Dog Rock Rosé is perfect for a hot day, with its fresh-strawberry taste, followed by zippy grapefruit on the finish. This off-dry gem has a touch of sweetness to balance the tartness. The wine is a blend of 50 percent Shiraz, mixed with 50 percent Crimson Cabernet. In case you haven’t heard of Crimson Cabernet, it is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Virginia’s own Norton!
The Cabernet Franc is true to its character, with aromas of violets and roasted red pepper on the palate. This wine is lighter-bodied than the Cabernet Sauvignon and features smooth tannins. The wine was aged for eight months in French oak.
Our final wine is the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has dark berry aromas, and flavors with notes of leather and tobacco leaf. The winery notes that this is a wine to pair with steak or a cigar.
Come join us this weekend, and drink local!