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Sunset Hills Vineyard 'Sunset' White (NV): Middleburg, Virginia


Tasting Notes

Beautiful and elegant aromatics on the nose. Palate of pear, Pink Lady apple, and honeysuckle. A hint of sweetness to balance the acidity. Overall, a superb crisp and light wine!

Winery Details

Working long hours in high rise buildings in Reston Virginia, Mike and Dana Carrey would look out the window from their offices down to the scenic landscape of the original Sunset Hills Farm and dream of the day when they could have a farm just as beautiful. In 1999 they realized that dream and planted their first vineyard on their own Sunset Hills Farm, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, along with Virginia native winemaker Corry Craighill, Sunset Hills produces 9,000 cases of award winning 100% Virginia wines. Corry has world-wide wine industry and harvest experience and finds the experimental nature of Virginia wines most exciting. Sunset Hills’ Vineyards total 78 acres (32 hectares): Sunset Hills -18 acres, 50 West-7 acres, Shenandoah Springs-23 acres, Sherman Ridge-13 acres, and Catesby-17 acres. They grow Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Vidal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Albarino, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, Tannat, Muscat, Sangiovese, Chambourcin and Traminette using green technology and sustainable farming methods wherever possible. Sunset Hills is also notable for being the largest producer of solar power in Loudoun County: with its 245 solar panels Sunset Hills is quite literally “turning sunshine into wine”.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyard

Grape(s): 50% Traminette, 32% Viognier, 14% Vidal Blanc, and 3% Albariño

Style: White, off-dry/semi-dry

Origin: Middleburg, Virginia, USA (Local)

Vinification: The grapes are hand harvested early to avoid any overwhelming aromatics. The grapes are then chilled and destemmed prior to fermentation.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel.

% ABV: 12%