In 1587, Ananias Dare, a London tile and brick layer, set sail for North America and disappeared along with the rest of the English settlers who arrived on the shores of Virginia. According to legend, his daughter, Virginia Dare, the first English woman born to the Lost Colony of Roanoke, 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, purchased the state’s first commercial winery and 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.
Distinctly earthy and floral, 2016 Ananias Pinot Noir has an intensely fragrant bouquet. Notes of tea leaves, rose petals, berries, anise, and seasoned oak are followed by dark, rich flavors of cherries, blackberries, and cocoa. Voluptuous on the palate, with layers of texture and supple tannins, this is an opulent wine with exceptional length and complexity.
100% Pinot Noir
22 months in French oak; 45% new oak