Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery released Un•ion on Saturday. Friday evening we had a chance to try it and tweet our impressions of the wine. Un•ion is a blend of 40% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Tannat. Cardinal Point made only 140 cases of this wine. It will retail for $25. Warren selected the food for this tasting and decided on grilled lamb chops, roasted mixed veggies, and potatoes.
We noted the color to be dense garnet with lengthy legs on the glass. The nose presented anise, violets, and blackberry. We opened the Un•ion an hour before tasting. This is a young wine and we noticed the nose was a little tight. In the mouth we picked up dark plum, blackberry, dark cherry, a little licorice, and some spice. It also has a lengthy finish. By the time we finished tasting the Un•ion an hour and a half later, it had really opened up and we were enjoying it by itself. It paired very well with our food selections. Warren noted the Un•ion could play well with gamey meats and cheeses. As noted, this wine is very young and could really benefit from time. We suggest getting two bottles…one for right now and one for a year from now. When you drink it now, open it a few hours ahead of time. It will pair beautifully with your meal. If you get to Cardinal Point anytime soon to pick up a few bottles of the Un•ion, tell them Virginia WIne Time sent you!