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2021 Viento

2021 Viento

Notes/Background: Our 2021 Viento offers dark fruits including cherry and blackberry but also offers lovely savory notes with well-structured tannins. The bright acidic notes of the deep fruits are in perfect balance to the rich backbone of the tannins, with a lingering earthy finish. As the wine lingers in your mouth, you are given dark floral notes with expressions of cedar and dark oak. 

Color/Clarity: Clear, dark cherry, deep burgundy – Medium + viscosity 

 Aromas: Dark fruits (blackberry, huckleberry, under ripe fig), dark cherry and rose 

Palate: Intense blackberry notes right off the first taste with lingering characteristics of oregano. Offers a medium tannin/acidity that has a nice warm finish with notes of dark cherry and rich blackberry, as well as earth characteristics such as cedar and violet. 

Suggested Serve Temp: 60 – 65  

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Wine Specs
Bordeaux-Style Blend
Frederick County
18 months in French oak barrels, 24% new, 76% used
Bottling Date
Spring 2022
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
2021 was a gratifying year. Bud break came early. We were fortunate not to have been impacted by the frost which affected some of the other East Coast vineyards. Bud break was followed by a warm (but not too warm) summer filled with plenty of sunshine and just a little bit of rain when you would want it (but not when you didn’t) throughout the year, followed by a typical September with plenty of warm (but not too warm) sunshine, cool evenings, and little rainfall. The grapes were very healthy and picking went smoothly. This led to good yields that were just the right size.
Production Notes
417 cases produced.
Winemaker Notes
Once the fruit is picked, de-stemmed, and crushed, the berries, juice, pulp and seeds all go into a stainless steel fermentation tank. Once the tanks are filled, we run off or "bleed" a portion of the juice, which can be anywhere from 15% to 40% if the total juice volume. This bleeding process allows for a greater skin to juice ratio in our primary wines, which helps to increase depth, richness, and concentration. This bleed juice is fermented separately. The remaining juice will rest cool for a few days to extract as much color and flavor as possible. The juice will then ferment at a warm 80-90 degrees with frequent "pump overs" to provide for even extraction. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is drained out of the tanks and put into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging.