Napa Valley on the Right Track

“I love the wine.”

–Robert Whitley, syndicated columnist of “Wine Talk,” for October, 2010


92 Virage 2007 Red Wine (Napa Valley)

This first release from the winery is a fine Bordeaux blend based on Cabernet Franc. It shows all the hallmarks of a cooler-climate Napa Valley wine in the dryness, refined tannins and herb-inflected cherries and blackberries. An elegant, balanced wine that should develop over the next 5–7 years.


By King Cab  rated 94 points

“What a beautiful wine.”

Pop and pour. This has pretty hue of purple tinged crimson. The nose showed some bing cherries, red raspberries and red plums. A multi-layered joy to behold that just kept giving, this was bright and lively on the palate. There was zero of the negative stuff CF can have. Perfectly balanced and lilty with a purity and focus that tip toes over mind-boggling, this was a lite to mid-weight wine initially but after about an hour this gained some weight as well as some black fruits of currants and black plum. A luscious and plush CF blend that has structure, breed and elegance. It crescendos into a long opulent finish. Fantastic.

Possibly the best CF blend I have sampled to date. Get on this list and buy this wine. $45 and well worth the tariff.


Virage, Napa Valley (California) Red Wine 2007 ($45): 

“I suppose there might be somebody out there who could fail to enjoy this wine, but it is so pure and balanced and beautifully ripened that I’d have to conclude that any detractor had indeed “failed” to enjoy the wine.  Made from 71% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and “blended in the Right Bank tradition,” it shows very appealing notes of black cherries and plums, with a pleasant leafy backnote and accents of pencil shavings, toast and dark chocolate.” 92 Michael Franz Nov 23, 2010


The Meta View:  Right and Left Bank-Styled Meritage Blend Wines Trending in the U.S.

“Focused on re-shaping the perception of Napa as a hot weather Cabernet Sauvignon playground, Virage is poised to be a breakout star of 2010.

The Virage, offering layer upon layer of nuance, is a tapestry compared to a Napa Cab’s afghan of primary flavors.” 94/100 -Jeff Lefevere,


One to Watch:  Virage Vineyards

From a stylistic point of view, the cooler Carneros based wines bring the freshness and complexity I crave from Franc.” The Cab Francofile


Turn, turn, turn –Time for a Right Banker in Napa Valley

“If it seems odd to be making a Right Bank Bordeaux style blend out of Napa, most of your trepidation should dissipate after a taste of Virage; it’s a solid wine with a lot of personality.”

–Joe Roberts,


“The seductive dark fruit, spice, mint, and mocha aromas of Virage Napa Valley 2007 lead to beautifully orchestrated complexities of flavor, which include plum, black cherry, blackberry, and vanilla-oak. The wine has a notably rich texture, and notes of cocoa and spice emerge on its lingering finish. In short, this is an impeccably crafted, deeply flavorful wine that would be a splendid dinner companion”

Robert Neralich, “Food for the Spirit and Soul” June 2011



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