The 2018 vintage of Bull Run’s signature red blend, Reconciliation, greets the nose with cedarwood, bringing to mind nights sipping wine by a warm campfire. Aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries, toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, hints of tobacco and lavender fill out the nose. The palate is bold and flavorful, with touches of all-spice, mace spice, vanilla, and black fruit compote. This longlegged wine features chewy tannins and a long, lingering finish.
The Petit Verdot and Merlot grapes in this blend were sourced from the best yielding rows at Rock Mill Vineyard. The vines are generally trained in single row Vertical Shoot Position for maximum airflow and perfect golden sunshine kissing the surface of the grapes.
Following harvest, the grapes are sorted and destemmed before crushing. Fermentation then took place in t-bins where daily punch-downs on the cap were performed. The wine was pressed with the skins and transferred to American Oak and Neutral French Oak barrels for a period of 14 months of ageing. The wine was then artfully blended to produce a wine in the preferred style according to the judgment of the winemaker.
Food Pairing Notes
Rack of lamb and other smoked, char-grilled meats like goose, duck, sausages, and rotisserie chicken. The 2018 Reconciliation also pairs well with deep dish meat lover’s pizza, pâté, and cheeses like drunken parmesan and aged cheddar.