Notes from the Winemaker, Corry Craighill:
Tannat suites Virginia well because it ripens early and maintains a great acidity throughout the season. I like to pick based on sugar levels, flavor, and acid levels. Acidity provides freshness in the wine, so keep the natural balance is key for the picking decision.
The 2017 50 West Tannat (a new label for us) turned out to be a bigger, bolder wine than I usually make—aided by a higher percentage of new oak and the structure of the fruit. This wine can withstand a bit of age due to the tannic structure and natural acidity.
Notes of black liquorice, blackberry, charred wood, porcini mushroom, cinnamon. Full bodied and tight tannins!