White Hall is a venerable Virginia winery. Not the flashiest, not the biggest and definitely not the smallest, White Hall sits in one of the prettiest areas of the state and turns out wine that is consistently very good at a fair price.
If you are visiting the area, they should be on your short list.
But to the wine at hand: this blend is typically the winery’s least expensive red offering. My bottle is non-vintage, and I *think* is a blend of chambourcin and merlot. Normally, a non-vintage bottle of Virginia wine costing not much more than $10 would have me headed to the nearest sink looking for somewhere to dump it out.
But this, on the other hand, is not just drinkable, it’s absolutely delicious. When I first opened it, I swore it tasted like a very decent beaujolais. It’s light with just a little bit of pleasant gaminess or funkiness (the chambourcin, probably) and lots of strawberries on the nose. It tastes great. It goes down easy. It’s very compelling bottle of wine that would be great with a little chill in the warmer months.
This is the finest Virginia wine at this price point I’ve ever had.
(Note: White Hall now calls their Breakheart Red the “White Hall Red.” It sells for $12.99.)