Our Ox-Eye Vineyard Lemberger is always the most distinctive and idiosyncratic red wine in our portfolio, having more in common with a cool-climate old world Syrah than your average Virginia red wine. In 2016, the wine is particularly finessed and high-toned. Saturated ruby red in color, with time in the glass the 2016 shows wonderful aromatic detail, with notes of raspberry, violet, rose petal, and cracked black pepper. On the palate the wine is remarkably fresh and juicy, with bright cranberry and cherry flavors, polished tannins, and distinctly piquant smoky character redolent of mesquite and toasted peppercorns arising on the finish. Drink now-2022.