Together with the former owner and winemaking team at Screaming Eagle Winery in Napa Valley, Calif., who are currently working together on a new project called Cultivate Wines, the U.Va. Alumni Association has created perhaps the perfect graduation gift: 1819 Red Wine, which commemorates U.Va.’s upcoming 200th anniversary.
The offering is the first in a 10-vintage series, according to the Cultivate Wines website. A quarter of each bottle’s $55 sales price will go toward the purchaser’s choice of either the Rotunda Restoration Project or the AccessUVA financial aid program. Each shipment includes a note from U.Va. architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson.
Wilson also will choose the label art for each of the annual vintages, “to create a unique pictorial history of the University,” according to Cultivate’s description.
1819 Red is described as “a rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Napa Valley. In the glass, this deeply colored wine offers dusty aromas of cedar and loam over a core of blackberry and dark plum. The palate has a weighty entry that carries through to a balanced finish.
“At the table, this wine will pair well with roasted meats and rich stews. The quality of the fruit combined with the characteristics of the 2009 vintage promise great drinking both now and over the long term.”
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