Afton Mountain Vineyards, Monticello (Virginia) “T” 2019

($55):  This Merlot-dominant Bordeaux blend was one of the top 12 wines in the recently completed Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition.  Firm, yet mild and unobtrusive tannins, presumably from the Cabernet Sauvignon, provide needed structure for the plummy fruit notes.  The suave texture speaks to talented winemaking and what must have come from selecting only the best fruit.  This refined mid-weight red grows in the glass and impresses with a long finish that highlights savory notes.  Lovely to savor now, its balance suggests it will reward cellaring.  For those interested in the specifics of the blend: Merlot 40% with equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
94 Michael Apstein Apr 30, 2024