Cross Keys Vineyards
Shenandoah Valley, VA
One of Virginia's newest wineries, Cross Keys is also one of the state's most impressive. Its state of the art facility, opened in 2008, was designed to flow seamlessly from winemaking facility to education center to event space. Although the winery does distribute locally in limited production and sells to out-of-state buyers through its website, it is primarily set up to introduce wines to visitors to this showpiece winery. Currently, Cross Keys produces many varietals from Virginia grapes, including Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, a red blend, dessert wine and Fiore, a rosé of Pinot Noir. The 2011 Fiore is made in an off-dry style. Although tinged with sweetness, this stainless steel fermented rosé is still refreshing. Ruby pink in color, it offers delicate floral and candied fruit aromas. Its up-front fruit flavors are a mixture of raspberry candy with grapefruit and the tang of lemon acidity. A touch of minerality on the finish adds complexity. Serve with simple, light salads, salty cheeses, Chinese or Thai food. Its light sweetness would also make it a nice accompaniment to desserts like lemon bars and lemon biscotti.
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