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Barboursville Vineyards OCTAGON Virginia Red Blend 2016

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A wine of highly distinctive character, achieved in blending estate-grown Bordeaux varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Octagon’s great prestige rests further on its being created only in fine vintages, and with the most astute selection from the harvest. But it is also the highest expression of the estate’s European derivation and inspiration; a wine of distinction and age worthiness in every incarnation.

Vinification: Fermentation 6-10 days on the skins in stainless steel. Maceration 15 days.
Composition: Merlot 58%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%, Petit Verdot 21%
Aging: 12 months French oak barriques, new 40%, used 60%
Alcohol: 13.5% 
  
Tasting Notes: Nearly opaque bright dark violet color; bright, roasted aromas and flavors of baked berries, coffee beans, and dark chocolate with an even, lively, dryish body; warming, complex marinated cherries and beets, nut skins, with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. Very dry, old-world style.
Food Pairings: Osso buco alla veneziana. Chicken braised in Octagon and black olives. Sage and walnut-crusted lamb chop in rosemary jus.
Octagon at the core: Octagon could have been a white wine. Named to celebrate the estate’s diverse connections with the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, symbolized in the central octagon drawing room in his design for Governor Barbour’s mansion, there was nothing in Jefferson’s confidence in Piedmont Virginia as a winegrowing region, to suggest that the ultimate wine of any vineyard would necessarily be red. This we were told by our own ground, even as we grow ever more pleased with our development of white varietals since the turn of the century. Our pre-eminent wine therefore is red, because its consistent core varietals, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, happened to outshine all others in the qualities of a wine of such stature, sooner than everything else, and at a time - the earliest 1990s - when we were motivated to craft a small blend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the estate. Those qualities include, in no particular rank, a recognized compatibility for blending with each other, not as a correction but as an illumination of each other’s strengths; a capability for development in bottle toward greater elegance and nuance over a long cellar life; an inherently graceful opulence of body and duration of finish; a many-layered dynamic range of red fruit and non-fruit aromas and flavors; and textural suavity, color intensity, and allure of earth proclaiming not merely a passion for fine dining, but a gracious dialogue with the senses.There is a clear regional analogy between Octagon and the wines of Pomerol, blending the same varietals, from comparable clay soils, seasonal conditions, and ripenings of sugars. However, our estate furnishes the ultimate shape of any Octagon vintage, which we always restrict to those years which give us superior lots of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The final blend will almost always contain some element of Petit Verdot, which is our primary reason for cultivating this grape of deep color and tannic concentration; and in seasons where sites growing superior Cabernet Sauvignon achieve ideal ripening, from lower vigor soils, this varietal is also likely to play a part. Merlot and Cabernet Franc have been planted at the estate since 1976, while Merlot established itself in our vineyards as a standout varietal somewhat later than Cabernet Franc. By 1994 we were expanding Merlot into multiple vineyard sites, of carefully selected diversity in weather exposure. The great 1997 vintage repaid our Merlot planting program many times over, by giving technical guidance which has consistently yielded exceptional fruit characteristics, except only in the most difficult conditions. Our most recent, larger expansions of Merlot cultivation have identified even finer parcels, improved our standard in the harvest over all, and have enabled more of the highly selective Octagon to be produced.With this diversification in sites and in every season’s fruit, it is harder for a grape to get into Octagon, than any other wine in our region. The highly competitive selection process begins in the ground, in every growing season, and leads us to expect the unexpected in the variations each season will bring to these parcels. In this way the qualities of each site’s plantings are continuously re-evaluated, as a guide for future plantings and for selecting the Octagon of that vintage. No selection for the final blend is made without an extensive and repeated series of barrel tastings, from December through March, and that ultimate blend is then returned to barrel for aging into the following December. What is set aside, only by fortunate excess, will definitively shape the Reserve bottling in each of the varietals. In this way, Octagon may be a poacher of supply in these varietal Reserves, but the standard they achieve for themselves is always the highest possible. Since our first vintage-dated bottling of Octagon in 2001, the wine has drawn positive comment from critical media in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was Michael Broadbent’s Tasting Note 308 for Decanter (02/2003), on the non-vintage Octagon Third Edition (1998), which gave the first widely circulated notice of what could be expected of this wine — “opaque core, impressive; ripe, full-bodied, and seriously good.” The wine’s experience in competitive blind tastings demonstrates this with a consistency acknowledged widely today, and has supported Vineyard & Winery Management magazine’s naming of winemaker Luca Paschina among the 20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America (Nov-Dec, 2014), his naming by the James Beard Foundation among the country’s 20 leading food and wine professionals in the same year, and his designation by the Italian Republic as a Commendatore in the Order of Merit in industry and culture.



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