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Philip Carter Winery

2016 Cleve

2016 Cleve

The 2016 Cleve, our flagship wine, is back! Experience this classic Tannat and Petit Verdot blend named for the historical estate of Charles Carter, one of the first recognized winemakers of Virginia. The Tannat brings a rusticity typical of the grape varietal and a strong structure, the Petit Verdot its velvety characteristics. Very complex in the nose, jammy notes mix perfectly with the delicate oak extraction from the barrel aging. Its medium structure makes it very approachable and a great pairing wine; from barbecue to cheeses, and of course a Virginian grass-fed beef steak.

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Wine Specs
Red Blend
Fauquier County
Vineyard Designation
Philip Carter Winery
5.8 g/L
Aged 20 months in 80% French and 20% American oak, which 40% was new.
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Tasting Notes
The ‘16 Cleve is a very good example of the best grapes Virginia has to offer. Our flagship wine is built to age well and be enjoyed over the next 10 years. With the first pour of this wonderful wine, one is struck by intensity of the deep, vibrant ruby purple color in the glass. The complexity of this wine becomes apparent in the dark and brooding notes of the initial aromas. Dark black berry fruit, such as blackberry and boysenberry, are followed by layers of oak notes like cinnamon, mocha, smoke, and a hint of vanilla. The aromatic nuances of the wine come forward with time showing subtle floral and violet notes and even a hint of rich dark chocolate. Intense on the palate, our 2016 Cleve brings ripe flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry, with well-structured tannins captured from the fruit itself but well supported with additional oak tannins from the 40% new oak barrels. The end result is a well-integrated tannin structure that will provide the necessary backbone for cellar aging. There is a hint of spice on a long lustrous finish.
Silver: '18 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Bronze: '19 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Winemaker Notes
This wine can be enjoyed now, but cellar aging for a minimum of 2 years is recommended. (Written in October of 2018)
242 Cases
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