Tasting No. 172 – November 30, 2015 – Wines from USA Other than Except California , Oregon, Washington and New York States

Club del Vino


Capri Ristorante, McLean VA

 1. Presenters and Participants

Wines presenters: Mario Aguilar


Members: Mario Aguilar, Marcello Averburg, , Cecilio Berndsen, Clara Estrada, Jorge Garcia-Garcia, Emilio Labrada, Peter Lapera Alvaro Lopez, Orlando Mason, Ítalo Mirkow, Jorge Requena, Pedro Turina, Ginger Smart, , Ricardo Zavaleta.

Non members:  José Brakarz (Marcello’s guest), John Redwood, Lucía Redwood

Type of Tasting: Blind

2. The Wines

  1. 2013 Pearmund Viognier – Vinecroft Vineyard – Fauquier County,V
  2. 2012 Octagon Blend (Merlot, Cabernet Franc y Petit Verdot) – Barboursville, VA
  3. 2012 Nebbiolo – Barboursville Vineyards – Barboursville, VA
  4. 2012 Boxwood Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot y Petit Verdot) – Boxwood Estate – Middleburg VA

3. The Menu

  1. Crab cakes con hongos Shiitake y salsa de mantequilla
  2. Pasta casera con  salsa boloñesa
  3. Pez espada grillado  con zuchini y salsa de azafránNew
  4. York Steak con salsa bernesa y papas perejiladas
  5. Postre y Café

 4. Information on the Wines

(The information below has been compiled from varios internet sources) .

2013 Pearmund Vioignier – Vinecroft Vineyard Fauqier county, VA

Pearmund.jpgThe Winery. Pearmund Cellars is located in the foothills of eastern Fauquier County, VA, conveniently close to Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. The 7500-square-foot geothermal winery and 25-acre vineyard produces Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling, Late Harvest Vidal, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Meritage, and other award-winning Virginia wines.

The Wine:   Pearmund Cellars (voted Virginia’s Best Winery and Winemaker several years running). Pearmund Cellars 2013 Viognier has been awarded 90 pts. by the World Wide Championships.

Information condensed from http://pearmundcellars.com/

Alcohol: % ;  Price: $ TBA

Experts Ratings: W&S 90 pts.

2012  Octagon Blend (Merlot, Cabernet Franc y Petit Verdot) Barsbourville, VA


Octagon.jpgThe Winery : The estate winery and vineyards are located on 830 acres of beautiful rolling hills near the Blue Ridge Mountains. We presently have 90 acres of vineyards and continue to expand. Under the direction of Luca Paschina, General Manager and winemaker, Barboursville consistently produces quality wines that have won international recognition. The Zonin family of Italy, brought their strong commitment to produce quality wines to Virginia in 1976. They were the first in the state to plant and successfully establish the revered vitis vinifera vines. The four Zonin brothers, proprietors of the largest Italian privately held wine company, descend from a family that has for centuries been wed to viticulture.

Information condensed from http://www.wine.com/v6/Barboursville-Octagon-2012/wine/146283/Detail.aspx

The Wine: A wine of highly distinctive character, achieved in blending estate-grown Bordeaux varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Octagon’s great prestige rests further on its being created only in fine vintages, and with the most astute selection from the harvest. But it is also the highest expression of our estate’s European derivation and inspiration; a wine of unquestioned distinction and age worthiness in every incarnation.


Fermentation: 6-10 days on skins in stainless 6-10 days in stainless steel

Maceration: 15 days.

Aging: 12 months French oak barriques, new 40%

Analysis: Alcohol 13.5%; residual sugars 0.0%; total acidity 0.54%


Virginia Governor’s Cup, 2015: Gold Medal

Beverage Testing Institute, 2014: Gold Medal 90 Points

Sommelier Challenge, California 2014: Gold Medal

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, 2015: Gold Medal 93 Points

Texas Sommeliers International Wine Awards 2015: Silver Medal

FOOD PAIRINGS: Osso buco alla veneziana, Chicken braised in Octagon and black olives, Sage and walnut-crusted lamb chop in rosemary jus.

Information condensed from: https://www.bbvwine.com/wine-shop/octagon

  • Alcohol: 13.5 % ;  Price: $

Experts Ratings: 

2012 Nebbiolo Barboursville Vineyards – Barboursville, VA

Nebbiolo.jpgThe Wine: Wine experts still come to Barboursville in the conviction that Nebbiolo should not be grown outside of Piedmont, only to express disbelief that this Nebbiolo is grown and crafted in Virginia (in the region of Piedmont no less!). Critics at the 2012 Virginia Wine Summit selected this Nebbiolo against famous alternatives estate grown in Piedmont, Italy, and the Barboursville vintages continue to garner the highest praise in international competitions.


Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, 2015: Platinum, 94 points


Elegant and complex, aromatically enthralling depth of violets, forest loam, dark berry and tobacco notes. Full body, a firm, dense structure followed by a seamless, sustained finish.


Fermentation: 7-9 days on skins in stainless steel

Maceration: 10-15 days

Composition: Nebbiolo 100%

Aging: 12 months, French oak barriques, new 30% used 70%

Analysis: Alcohol 13.5%; residual sugars: 0.0%; total acidity: 0,62%


Oven roasted veal strip loin with ragu of fresh morels

Roasted rack of lamb with reduction of Nebbiolo and blackberry

Pan roasted duck breast with sauce of dried cherry

Information condensed from: https://www.bbvwine.com/wine-shop/nebbiolo-reserve


Alcohol: % ;  Price: $

Experts Ratings: WS 90 Pts.

2012 Boxwood Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot y Petit Verdot) Boxwood Estate Middleburg, VA 

The Winery:

Boxwood.jpgThe Wine : The 2012 Boxwood is a blend of 56% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, aged for 12 months in French oak (one-third each of new, second-use and third-use). Graceful and nicely crafted–something this winery seems to do well–this is elegant in the mid-palate, reasonably crisp, fresh and supported by ripe tannins. I rather liked this a lot. It is not a “wow” wine, but it has some potential to improve a bit over the next couple of years and it drinks beautifully. It won’t be the one you ogle, but it will be one of the ones you.

The Winery: The Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, Virginia, is owned by John Kent Cooke, a former owner and president of the NFL Washington Redskins. Boxwood is committed to making premium red wines in the Bordeaux tradition, but with distinct Virginia expression overseen by consulting wine-maker Stephane Derenoncourt: Boxwood, reflecting the “Medoc” style (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot blend) and Topiary, in the “Saint-Emilion” style (a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend). Boxwood also produces a dry Rose wine blended from select Boxwood varietals. Boxwood Winery has received three Decanter Magazine World Wide Wine Medals in its five year history. The Vineyards

The Boxwood sustainable vineyard, designed by noted viticulturist and consultant Lucie Morton, occupies almost 8 hectares of the farm, and are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, all ENTAV certified by the French Government. The stunning modern-style winery, completed in 2005, was designed by nationally acclaimed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, with winery consultant Dr. Richard Vine, Head of the Oenology Department at Purdue University. The winery complex, which features four buildings and a circular underground ageing cellar, is modern but harmonious with the historic farm and the Virginia countryside. State-of-the-art equipment was chosen from the USA, Italy and France.

Information condensed from:




Alcohol:  % ;  Price: $

Experts Ratings: WA 89 Pts.

4. Club del Vino Members Rating : TBA

Criterio para calificar:

Excepcional: 96-100 puntos; Excelente: 90-95 puntos; Muy Bueno: 86-89 puntos; Bueno: 81-85 puntos; Aceptable: 75-80 puntos.

El  vino Blanco,  calificado  de Muy Bueno, con promedio de 88 puntos. El primer Tinto,  también  Muy Bueno con calificación  Media de 88 puntos; el segundo Tinto de Excelente con calificación  Media de 92 puntos. El tercer Tinto, también recibió una calificación de Excelente con 90 puntos.    Esta  degustación Ciega,  según las notas del grupo asistente, resulto muy buena por ser todos los vinos degustados muy bien aceptados por los asistentes.

Vinos degustados:

2013 Pearmund Viognier

Calificación Media: 88

Desviación Standard: 2.8

Median: 89

Moda: 90

2012 Virginia Nebbiolo Reserve

Calificación Media: 88

Desviación Standard: 4.8

Median: 91

Moda: 91

2013 Barboursville Octagon

Media: 92

Desviación Standard:  3.1

Median:  92

Moda:   91

2012 Boxwood Estate Bared Blend        

Calificación Media: 9

Desviación Standard: 3.1

Moda: 90

Median: 90

NOTA FINAL: Segun las calificaciones y  la opinión de los asistentes, el vino que se consideró mejor o de mayor preferencia, fue el Barboursville Octagon, con una Moda de 91 puntos. 

5. Regional Notes

Read about Virginia wine region here: http://www.americanwineryguide.com/regions/virginia-wineries/




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