The University of Virginia (UVA) Alumni Association and Cultivate Wines have joined teams to produce the first in a series of 12 wines leading up to the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the University of Virginia: 1819 red wine. 1819 is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes sourced from Napa Valley. The newly released 1819 wine is vintage 2009 where the Napa cabernet scored a rating of 93-96 (outstanding to classic) from Wine Spectator.
The 1819 website describes the wine as “In the glass, this deeply colored wine offers dusty aromas of cedar and loam over a core of blackberry and dark plum. The palate has a weighty entry that carries through to a balanced finish. At the table, this wine will pair well with roasted meats and rich stews. The quality of the fruit combined with the characteristics of the 2009 vintage promise great drinking both now and over the long term.”
Napa Valley is known for producing some of the best cabernets and merlots in the world. With the former owner and winemaking team of Screaming Eagle at the helm of producing 1819, I have high hopes for this wine. If you are not familiar with Screaming Eagle, it is a small production winery in Napa Valley that sells its cabernet sauvignon based wine for around $1,500 a bottle, depending on vintage. Compared with the $55 retail price of UVA’s 1819, this wine is a steal. Even better is the fact that 25% of the purchase price will be donated to the purchaser’s choice of AccessUVa or the Rotunda Restoration project which is restoring the centerpiece of UVA’s academical village. 1819 wines may be purchased at: www.1819wine.com
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