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December 19, 2005

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Thanks Lenn. I hadn’t seen the entire list until now. There are some pretty heavy hitters on the Virginia side, but I guess that’s home field advantage.

The Chrysalis Viognier is excellent and one of the best Virginia whites I’ve ever had. Breaux also makes a nice Viognier.

The Barboursville Octagon is usually one of the more anticipated releases in any given year, when they decide to release one. I gave my brother a bottle of this when his 49ers beat my Giants in the playoffs, and he wasn’t disappointed. I’ll be serving the 2002 Octagon with Christmas dinner (roast beef) along with their 2000 Nebiolo Reserve, a rare varietal that I’m anxious to try. I’ve been to Linden and their Bordeaux blends are very good, especially the Hardscrabble.

Although Cab Franc is a more promising grape in Virginia than Merlot, the Breaux Merlot (hey, that rhymes!) is the best of the lot.

Among Cab Francs, Barboursville (there’s that name again) produces some of the best. In fact, theirs was the house red at The Inn at Little Washington, to which every foodie should make a pilgrimage. That’s where I first tried White Hall’s Cab Franc (a 1997, I believe) and I thought it was superb.

My wife and I are not much on dessert wines, so I really can’t comment on those.

If you ask me, I think the deck was stacked in Virginia’s favor. I agree with you, Lenn. I don’t think New York’s best was out there. Maybe you can give them some help next time!

As for my upcoming trip to LI, I hope to take back some of the meritage blends you’ve mentioned recently, some I can keep tucked away for a while.

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