Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the people, places, and history that have shaped American winemaking. In 1587, English settlers arrived on the coast of Virginia but then disappeared without a trace. They became known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke. According to legend, Virginia Dare, the first English woman born to these settlers, was transformed into a white doe and killed by a fearsome hunter. As the doe bled upon the ground, juice from nearby grapes turned red. For centuries, this tale was a staple of southern folklore. In 1865, the Garrett brothers of North Carolina celebrated the legend by developing a brand of wine called Virginia Dare. In honor of this early winemaking history, the Family Coppola has revived the vintage charm of the original line to create a new collection of vineyard-specific wines produced in limited quantities.
Creamy and full-bodied, our 1587 Chardonnay presents fragrant impressions of guava, lemon, honeysuckle, and vanilla bean on the nose followed by luscious flavors of pear, pineapple, toasted almonds, and creme brûlée. Spice notes are abundant and enhanced by the generous use of new French oak. The wine’s beautiful richness is perfectly balanced by zesty natural acidity that crowns the finish.
19 months in French oak; 50% new oak