Tasting Notes for Omar Khayyam

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Red
4/21/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Yes! Intense fruit, violets, floral perfume, some crushed blueberries and blackberries, so fresh and vibrant. Has structure and fruit but medium weight body. Stood up well to spicy lamb meatballs in tomatoe sauce. Really great and will be good for a long time.
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Red
4/21/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
Violets, blackberries, plum, espresso beans, licorice candy, but good freshness, somewhat of a grip, texture is jagged but good with food. A little sweet&sour on the finish.
Red
4/21/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Lovely secondary aromas of earth, dried cherries, molten leaves. Bracing acidity that overtakes the fruit and perfume leaves me with the impression that this is heading down the stairs. Drink up.
White - Sparkling
4/21/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
Gravenstein apple flavor - which is delicious but almost closer to cider than champagne. Good balance between sweet and tart flavors. Liked it. A little bigger than I expected, this could probably stand up even to food such as chicken in cream sauce, pork chops with apple confit.
Red
4/21/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious nose that draws you in with luxurious pipe tobacco, mocha, dark berries. On the palate lots of fruit intensity, still a long ways to go. A little sour/sweet (hoisin sauce?) on the finish which necessitates a well thought through food pairing to not enhance the feeling of sweetness. Other than that it’s a beauty. Such a sniffer.
Red
4/21/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well now, paired with grilled leg of lamb, oven roasted veggies, and a yoghurt/citrus sauce.

Fully integrated and seamless, great freshness and long narrow finish, with meat bouillon, dark berries, juniper, white pepper, fresh laurel leaves and perhaps some chilled fresh blueberries and crushed violets. Fruit is pure and I get no brett on this one.

Delish. Drink now or hold.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Lovely effort, high acidity and very sweet, good complexity with saffron and honey and some spice notes. very fine.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Has structure freshness, lots of aromatics: cigarr box, graphite, black currants but also much more. Really good. Highly recommended.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Spicy, earthy, full of root veggies (in a nice way), still a lot of primary dark berries. Will be beautiful but could be cellared for several years still I believe. 93-94. Outstanding.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Some volatile acidity on the nose, a serious effort, licorice, structure, very nice but I fear it is a little to soft in the middle to achieve the long and beautiful life of the 2004 vintage tasted side by side.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): What a wonderful Nebbiolo perfume nose with lots of complexity; earth, black truffles. This wine is ready to be drunk and I can really recommend it, softened edges.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Very elegant. Classic Bordeaux nose, this may not be as powerful and opulent as the lovely 2009 vintage but it has the longest finish and great structure, among the best I encountered in Virginia reds. Very fine.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Very fine. Has a pronounced green pepper note to it that adds an interesting layer of complexity and varietal character compared to the 2010 and 2011 vintages tasted side by side. Good structure and also texture is quite luxurious. But not too much. I really liked this.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
90 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Ripe berries, soft attack, but also more structured than the 2011 cab franc. Really good.
Red
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Fine perfume on this one, no new oak, lovely texture, good fruit, complex and nice to drink but a little short on the finish.
Rosé
2017 Barboursville Vineyards Allegrante Orange County Rosé Blend
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Petite Syrah and Nebbiolo. Spicy with some structure, dry style, fine and easy to like.
White
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): This had the best acidity of the quartet of dry whites that we tried. A fine classic SB nose but not in your face gooseberry or black currant leaf. Not too heavy or powerful either. 13.5 % alcohol. I preferred this to the other white wines at Barboursville.
White
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): much more tropical than the vermentino and the final tasted side by side. Quite fat body and not so much acidity.
White
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Lemon tinted, pure, fine, a little short and like all the whites, on the low side in terms of acidity.
White
4/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
Barboursville Vineyards (at the winery with Luca Paschina): Has more fat than the Final, some spicy notes, this goes 8 months on the lees with stirring every 2 weeks, which probably accounts for the full body on this white. Not so much on the nose.
White - Off-dry
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
83 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): 14 % alcohol, soft and round with lots of spice and some tropical fruit. Finish is a bit four square. Good residual sugar.
Rosé
2017 Linden Rosé Virginia Rosé Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
83 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): Bordeaux blend rosé, with soft berry driven nose and palate, with some heat on the finish. 13 % alcohol. Raised in oak barrels.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): Fine, good texture, soft attack, spicy, lovely nose, short finish, ripe fruit.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): Steel tank petit Verdot. Fun experiment which I salute! Has good fruit and a lot of spice, none of which is from oak given the steel tank régime this wine has seen. Extremely interesting from a laboratory point of view. Dry with decent acidity.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): Very sweet in its style, gooseberries, candy - need to hold this for a while in the cellar I think before passing judgement 87-89.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
90 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): White flowers on the nose, some apples. vanilla, warm grapefruit, lovely complex spicy notes. great wine.
Red
2014 Linden Avenius Northern Virginia Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): Dark berries, dark chocolate, much more structure than the 2014 Boisseau, lots of berries on the palate. lovely.
Red
2014 Linden Boisseau Northern Virginia Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): 37 % cab franc, 25 % petit Verdot, 21 % merlot, 17 % cab sauvignon.
lower elevation vineyard than the Hardscrabble chardonnay (400 ft).

Lovely cab franc aromatics on the nose which really is noticeable. On the palate good body, dry style, but too much oak and some bitter on the finish from the oak régime I fear. still a very good red.
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White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): Buttered popcorn, grilled lemon wedges,, oaked, fruity, good acidity and finish, spicy notes from the oak. 13.7% alcohol (compared to 12.4 % for the 2014 Hardscrabble). This was clearly a much warmer vintage and clearly this has seen more new oak than the 2014. Both are excellent, but I preferred the 2014.
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White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Linden winery (At the tasting room): grown at 1400 ft. 12.4 % alcohol. raised in neutral French oak. Classic lemony, green apple fresh chardonnay with some herbal/grassy notes that adds complexity. So very fine. Had this both at the winery and at dinner at the Danny in DC. Tied for best white wine during this wine trip to Virginia.
White
2017 King Family Vineyards Roseland Monticello Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
King Family tasting (Sofitel Lafayette Square): Fun stuff! A blend with some Viognier in it. Spicy, floral big perfume, lovely texture on the palate, but there's a stinger that detracts a bit. Tropical fruit palette, dry and with decent acidity. The Viognier comes to the fore.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
King Family tasting (Sofitel Lafayette Square): timid nose, lots of vanilla. Quite fat body (batonnage?), the acidity is there, which makes this one of the few chardonnays from Virginia that is decently fresh, but the acidity feels hard... not sure what that is a sign of, but it does not perfectly rhyme with the fat body. Some bitter notes from the oak on the finish. I think they should ease up on the oak. Should be fine. Very good chardonnay for Virginia.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): Very different compared to the 2015 version of this wine. This clearly has Bordeaux red varietal markers, but it is softer, with a lush spicy fruity approach with some leather notes but nothing to save.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): Dry, spicy, tropical fruit with mango and grilled lemons, good acidity, good fruit intensity. I liked this, however, the 2017 version of this was one of the best whites I tried in Virginia.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
92 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): Petit Manseng, who'd guessed this was the grape for Virginia? While maybe not so surprising that all the vintners seemed to be doing the same Bordeaux varietals, as well as chardonnay, but the fact that so many were also using this semi-obscure Jurancon white varietal was intriguing.

And in a little sample from yet unbottled wine at Early Mountain, I finally understood why. This was by far the best petit manseng I tried in Virginia, and a real showstopper. On the nose there is resin, lemons, grilled lemons, grape fruit. Fleshed out body with a zesty grape fruit like tangy feel to it. great wine and the future of this winery if you ask me.
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White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
80 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): much softer than the quaker run chardonnay, still with some green apples, some unripe mango but not so convincingly aromatic wise.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
82 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): Steel tank chardonnay for easy drinking. Grassy, some lemon soap. green and nothing special about this.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
82 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): cab franc and merlot. Carbonic maceration.
Fine nose, lots of red and dark berries, some black pepper. Not so long on the palate, simple and short finish.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
90 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): 82 % merlot, 17 % petit Verdot,1 % cab franc. Quaker Run Vineyards and Highland Orchard Vineyard. Aged 18 months in French barriques and a year in bottle prior to release.

Lots of berries, well integrated, tobacco, all spice, good structure. Lovely wine. Put in the cellar for a couple of years.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): 100 % cab franc from Baer Ridge Vineyard and Shenandoah Springs Vineyard, so a higher altitude than the estate vineyard. Raised in mostly neutral oak, 1 yr on barrel. Berry driven, soft palate, but not without structure and freshness.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): The quaker run chardonnay was a clear step up in quality. When the winemaker explained that they had two prime vineyard sites, one at the estate, which looked just like all the other vanity project farms (of which there are many in Virginia), and another higher up on sloping hillside ground, I was intrigued to try the latter. Sure enough it did not disappoint. This is a forward chard with lots of stuff going for it. good yellow fruit, lemon, apples, some spiciness from wood treatment (100 % barrel aged, out of which 30-40 % is new wood, light toast). To reach higher notes, I think they should pair down on the new oak to about half of what they have currently.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): 39 % merlo, 19 % petit Verdot, 18 % Syrah, 10 % cab franc, 9 % cab sauvignon, 2 % tannât, 3 % petit manseng.

Red berries, black pepper, floral notes but also some tobacco leaves in there, decent acidity. A good wine.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
87 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): 50 % Sauvignon Blanc, 28 % Petit Manseng, 11 % Pinot Gris, 9 % Viognier, 2 % Malvasia Bianca.

Fruit from Early Mountain vineyards, Veritas Vineyards, Adventure Farm Vineyards. 12.9 % alcohol.

Really good. Zesty grapefruit tangy loveliness. I think it's the 2017 vintage again doing the good deed with higher acidity.
Rosé
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
Early Mountain Winery (At the tasting room): 73 % merlot, 18 % syrah, 7 % malbec, 2 % cabernet franc.

12.5 % alcohol.

Again, like at the other estates visited, the story is two-fold. The varietal mix speaks of the need to bleed of juice that is then used for the rosé, but the story told is of blocks designated for rosé and little if any juice being from the soigné method. This was one of my favorite rosés from Virginia. The winemaker explained that 2017 vintage gave greater acidic back bone than previous vintages. This retails for USD 20 in DC and I think it's a really good wine.

Herbal, good acidity, short finish but fine.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
84 points
Almond paste, white peaches, vanilla. A little bitter when chilled, too flabby when warm. Feels like the alcohol is quite elevated. Not my style really. Perhaps with chicken in cream sauce?
White
2012 Radikon Oslavje Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a wine to drink slowly, on your own; a contemplative wine that offers grape fruit zest, blood orange juiciness, but also a deep complexity that defies the very light and translucent color (red grape fruit juice diluted with a lot of water). I love this wine. R.I.P. Stanko Radikon.
White
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
This is a finicky wine that changes face every time you look at it, so one should not be too hasty when passing judgement. We drank this over two days and it did not really live up to the greatness of the 2015 Sketch we I tried two years ago. Still, very fresh, saline, like chewing grape fruit kernels, but also with some apple juice concentrate and lactic notes that felt simple and not so integrated. Juicy and with a deep acidity but not so complex this time I felt.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
83 points
Boxwood winery (at the tasting room): 70 % cab franc, 22 % merlot, 8 % petit Verdot.

Dark fruits (blackberries, ripe dark plums, black cherries), lots of toasted oak (too much in fact), sweet licorice, black pepper, a bitter finish from the oak.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Boxwood winery (at the tasting room): 48 % cabernet Franc, 25 % merlot, 22 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % petit Verdot. 12 months on French oak, 1/3 of which is new. 13.5 % ABV.

Fruit driven and with a soft attack, but not without elegance on the palate. I rather like this as an easy drinker. Too highly priced though to be really interesting, at USD 45.
Red
4/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
84 points
Boxwood winery (at the tasting room): 38 % merlot, 36 % cabernet franc, 15 % cabernet sauvignon, 11 % petit Verdot.

Black pepper, blackberries, licorice. lovely nose. Lots of fruit on the nose. But no real structure and falls apart on the palate.
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