Return to Philip Carter

On a recent rainy Saturday on the wine trail we stopped at Philip Carter to see what was new. Before starting out tasting we found out that the winemaker Rob Cox has left Philip Carter and moved over to Paradise Springs. A new winemaker for Philip Carter will be selected soon.

Upon examining the tasting sheet we noticed and were told that Philip Carter will be releasing some new wines soon. In the mean time they are pouring some of the leftover Kluge wines. On the list is the Kluge Albemarle Rose and the Albemarle Simply Red. Instead of writing about those wines we’ll concentrate on the Philip Carter wines.

We began with the 2009 Chardonnay. We noted citrus on the nose with notes of vanilla, pear and apple in the mouth. It’s got a crisp rounded mouth feel with a light oak presence. Next up was the Governor Fauquier. This is an off dry white made from 100% Vidal Blanc. We noted tropical fruit and melon.

Next up was the 2009 Cabernet Franc. This one has a beautiful color. We noted blackberry and cherry on the nose and similar flavors in the mouth. It has some tobacco notes and smooth tannins. I really like this cab franc. I could see sipping this none by itself or enjoying it with lite fair.

Before leaving we enjoyed a glass of the 2009 Cabernet Franc while we waited for the rain to break. We are sad to see Rob cox go but will continue to enjoy the Philip Carter wines. If you visit Philip Carter soon, tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you.

Philip Carter Winery

Our quest to find holiday wines brought us to Philip Carter Winery. Positive changes continue at Philip Carter Winery including a new walkway to the tasting room. So on a cold, windy afternoon we sampled the latest at Philip Carter Winery with a determination to find the best holiday pours.

Of the white wines, the Riesling-style 2009 Governor Fauquier earned my gold star for the holiday menu. Made from Vidal Blanc, it was described as off-dry and presented a fruity nose that is characteristic of the Vidal grape. In the mouth, a fruity blend of pear, apple and melon make for a refreshing wine. The 2009 Governor Fauquier should pair well with holiday ham or turkey.

The 2009 Cabernet Franc was our selection for best holiday red wine. Aged ifor nine months in older French oak barrels, this Cabernet Franc was rich with raspberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Paul noted a smooth finish with a hint of mocha at the end. Another nice partner with turkey and cranberry sauce! If heavier meats or game are on the menu, sample the 2008 Cleve, a Bordeaux-style blend aged for 20 months in both French and American oak barrels. Smoky, earthier elements prevail here with violet notes and dark fruit flavors; expect a more tannic presence with this one.

So with our tasting done, we shared glass of the 2009 Governor Fauquier in the tasting room and enjoyed the glowing lights of the Christmas tree. We look forward to enjoying the wines at Philip Carter Winery in the New Year; in the meantime, stock up on the favorite holiday wines at Philip Carter Winer and mention that Virginia Wine Time sent you.