It’s been over a month since this tasting, but Illusion is still quite prominent on my mind. Hands down it was my favorite.  So much so, I don’t remember what I thought of the others. The price point was also good so several bottles made it home to my wine stash. Included in this tasting were:

  • Jean Orliac 2015 Loup Y Es Tu? from Montpellier, Languedoc, France – White blend of Chardonnay, Muscat, and Viognier
  • Penner-Ash 2014 Rubeo from Willamette Valley, Oregon – Red blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir
  • Peirano Estate 2015 Illusion from Lodi Appellation, Graton, California – Red blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 Leviathan Red from Napa Valley, California – Red blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 14% Syrah


Jamie overdid herself this week with generous sharings of four of her finds from her Virginia travels:

  • Rappahannock Cellars 2014 Meritage from Huntly, Virginia – Red blend of 32% Petit Verdo, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 20 % Cabernet Franc
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery 2015 Covert Wineworks Misty from Vint Hill, Virginia – Cuvée Blanc composed of 50% Reilsing, 30% Traminette, 15% Viognier, and 5% Petit Manseng
  • Adesso Cagnina di Ramagna Dolce from Emilia-Ramgna, Italy – Refosco
  • Copper Vineyards Noche from Louisa, Virginia – Chocolate infused Norton dessert wine

As always it is great to be able to sample the wines Jamie finds.  Many are ones we would not be able to obtain without making a trip to Virginia ourselves.  The Meritage was my pick from this group.