2016 Chere Marie

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2016 Chere Marie
2016 Chere Marie

This off-dry wine resembles a German-style Reisling. Vibrant fruit flavors are balanced with bright acidity. Pairs nicely with spicy and saltier foods. This is considered a sweeter wine with around 2%-2.5%  residual sugar. Refreshing and not cloying due to the pleasant acidic finish.

Chere Marie is pronounced "share Marie" and means "dear Marie."  Marie is the matriarch of the Breaux family as she is the mother of Paul Breaux, the owner of Breaux Vineyards. Vidal Blanc is the hybrid grape that put Canada on the world map as a high quality producer of wines. Vidal Blanc, like Seyval Blanc, can produce a very nice wine even in cold temperatures.
Tasting notes

 

Color:  Straw

Aromas: Stone fruits, especially peach and apricot, with flavors of melon, grapefruit and orange blossom.

Taste:  The nose is green apple, flinty and floral.  Bright acid and ripe pear are balanced on the palate.

Vintage2016
VarietalVidal
Varietal Composition100% Vidal
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
Alcohol13.20%
Wine StyleSweet White
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/30/2017
Cases Produced923

2016 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2016 growing season followed a generally challenging winter, with significant snowfall and low temperatures in January and February. Three solid weeks of late winter/early spring rains were followed by a late frost in the first and second weeks of April. The late frost was especially damaging to smaller growers, many of whom lost their entire crops for the year. A hotter than usual summer, especially in late July and early August, presented growers with another set of challenges, especially as rain was intense but infrequent during this period.

A late start to winter, as well as an overall warmerthan-usual November and December, extended the time available for harvest, with many growers not completing their harvest before the end of November when students from Virginia Commonwealth University began reaching out to them to collect data for this report. Cold weather didn’t truly arrive until the second week of December, when temperatures stayed consistently below freezing for the first time in the 2016 season. 

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