Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
As legend has it, the winegrowers were in the vineyard and commented on the fruit as being “well hung.” It is from this reference that Well Hung Vineyard was named. The wine label has probably received more attention that the wine. It contains the image of three gentlemen standing behind trellised vines and only their legs are visible. Bunches of grapes hang at about crotch level. Beneath that image are the words “Well Hung.” It is a little racy, but fun.
Well Hung has been growing grapes since about 2002 and started bottling their wines seven years later. So they have been around for a while, but they do not have a dedicated tasting room. I first encountered their wine at Early Mountain Vineyards and I recall enjoying the wines I sampled, but I have never written anything about Well Hung. Honah Lee Vineyards in Gordonsville has also been pouring their wines for a couple years. I was recently in Nelson County on Route 151 and noticed a Well Hung sign hanging outside the Blue Toad Cidery tasting room, so I pulled in with the intention of doing a tasting and writing a piece for my blog.
Inside the tasting room, Blue Toad and Well Hung share the same small tasting bar. Having said that, it appears that there is ample space to disperse visitors with seating inside and out. I found the staff to be very attentive and they seemed knowledgable about both the cider and wine. There is a very cozy aura about the place and it appears that there were a number of repeat customers, which bodes well for the reputation.
I sampled six of the Well Hung wines. The three whites and three reds were all well crafted. The lightly oaked Chardonnay was a solid wine and I enjoyed the white blend. Among the reds there were three single varietal: Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The Merlot and Petit Verdot were excellent, but the Cab Franc reserve just stole the show. There were no green notes at all. It had beautiful ripe fruit, a hint of black pepper and a nice finish. Overall the Well Hung wines were all solid.
This was a very quick stop for me and I feel like I need to spend a little more time with the Well Hung wines, but based on this single tasting, I give them high marks. Their Nelson County tasting room is in a corridor that contains many great Virginia wineries, so when you find yourself in the vicinity, definitely make a stop at Well Hung. It is a winery that needs to be on your radar. After you visit, please let me know what you think.