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Wine Down Wednesday – Williamsburg Winery


On our trip to Virginia we only had time and energy to stop at one winery.  Right before we headed home, we stopped at Williamsburg Winery.


Williamsburg Winery ran like a well-oiled machine.  It was a little larger than we like normally.  Both Wolfy and I enjoy being able to sit, talk, and drink with the wine maker – or at least one on one with the very knowledgeable staff member.  Unfortunately for us (but it is a good thing for the winery) we visited during the busy time of the year.

We arrived about 5 minutes before 11 and purchased our tickets for the tour and tasting ($10 per person which includes a glass you get to keep).  When the tour started we were lead to a room to watch a short movie about the winery and it’s history.  I think this is when I realized just how large this winery is.


Our very knowledgeable tour guide lead us though the meeting/reception room first.  The large room was made in 17th century style with large beams and wood floors.


It has two fireplaces that were moved piece by piece from Italy, three chandeliers (one of which was original, the others are replicas of it), and two suits of armor.  The next stop was to the barrel room.  Wow… dark, damp, and perfect – at least for two wine geeks like us.  We then got to look though a caged in room where they keep all of their reserved vintages.  They still had wine from the late 80s in there.  On our next trip we may take the Reserved Tour where they let you taste these special wines.  We then got to look though large windows that showed off their bottling line.  After winding up a spiral stair case, we went through their small museum which held several display cases of bottles from the 1800s.  I wish were able to spend more time in this room, there was a lot there we didn’t get to take in.  Another window showed off the room that held all of their stainless fermenting steel tanks.


The last stop was the tasting.  The winery has too many wines to let you taste what you want.  Instead they have certain wines picked out that they allowed you to taste.  The flight included 7 wines.  The first 6 were standard and the 7th you were allowed to pick between a reserve wine and a dessert wine.

Our winery trip recaps are a bit different from our wine reviews.  Basically you get our tasting notes that we write down while we are going through the tasting.  There will be no scores.  One reason being we don’t have time to evaluate the wine correctly, the other is that it is just plain rude to score a wine in this sort of setting (especially as amateur wine lovers).

So now the wine:

2012 James River White

Manda’s Notes:

  • Pineapple/Citrus/Floral Nose
  • Crisp, tart in mouth
  • Nice mouth feel
  • Clean finish

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Floral/Citrus nose
  • Grassy
  • Slightly bitter flavors

2010 Acte 1619 Chardonnay

Manda’s Notes:

  • Fruity nose
  • Oaky
  • Clean
  • Very refined

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Toasty
  • Buttery nose
  • Crisp
  • Dry
  • Clean
  • Refreshing

2011 Governor’s White

Manda’s Notes:

  • Floral notes
  • Pineapple/Tropical flavors

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Tropical/Pineapple nose
  • Apple/Tropical flavor

2010 Arundell Cabernet Sauvignon

Manda’s Notes:

  • Smoky nose
  • Tobacco notes
  • Smoky taste with very friendly tannins

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Smoky, earthy nose
  • Sharp tannic flavor
  • Lingering finish

2007 Burgesses’ Measure Merlot

Manda’s Notes:

  • Smoky deep nose
  • Fruity
  • Lots of oak

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Fruity/Smoky nose
  • Tobacco notes
  • Strong heavy finish

2009 Hening’s Statute Barrel Aged Claret

Manda’s Notes:

  • Dark color
  • Smooth
  • Lots of berry flavor

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Gorgeous ruby color
  • Fruity/Berry nose
  • Lingering smoky flavor

Choice between (of course we shared our samples):

2009 Trianon

Manda’s Notes:

  • Smoky
  • Full bodied
  • Felt like it was holding back almost bottle shocky but very good

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Smoky port nose
  • Dry lingering finish

Vin Licoreux de Framboise

Manda’s Notes:

  • Merlot with just a touch of raspberry

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Sweet berry nose
  • Bursting warm berry flavors
  • Sweet lingering finish

2 thoughts on “Wine Down Wednesday – Williamsburg Winery

  1. I don’t drink, but wine cellars are such beautiful places. Maybe I’m a wanna-be wine geek. =D

    • We have several friends that don’t drink but still enjoy going out to the wineries with us to either enjoy the atmosphere of the winery and vineyards or just to have a good time.

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