The Roanoke Collection features uniquely crafted, limited production wines that showcase distinctive vineyards from renowned appellations in Sonoma County
The Roanoke Collection features uniquely crafted, limited production wines that showcase distinctive vineyards from renowned appellations in Sonoma County.
Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the people, places, and history that have shaped American winemaking. The Roanoke Collection features wines that honor the history of the Roanoke Colony, one of the first English settlements in the New World that mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind one of the great mysteries in American history and setting forth the stage for the origin story of American wine.
Lush and creamy on the palate, 1587 Chardonnay boasts a stunning fragrance where aromas of pineapple upside down cake, tangerine, and fig mingle with nuances of clove, cinnamon and toasted nuts. The flavors are consistent with the nose, with an added allure of apple and lemon zest impressions giving the wine a vibrancy that offsets its full-bodied richness. Everything harmonizes beautifully with the new French oak, creating a dramatic, spicy finish.
Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River Valley is greatly influenced by the coast. Fog rolls over the vineyards each evening, dropping the temperature by as much as 35 to 40 degrees. This natural air conditioning contributes to an extended growing season where the grapes are able to mature slowly and maintain a good level of natural acidity. This year’s fruit originates from part of the esteemed Dutton Ranch. There, Goldridge sandy loam soils create extremely concentrated fruit.
2018 experienced a traditional season where plenty of spring rain was followed by warm temperatures in June. The 2018 vintage ripened slowly, resulting in extremely well balanced fruit. Our “1587” Chardonnay is barrel fermented. The wine is left on the lees and stirred daily to achieve a smooth texture.