I don’t mean to be heterosexist with this post title, but as soon as I first encountered Naked Mountain Winery on the VA wine map, I flashed back to the myriad coed naked t-shirts from high school. (So I clearly went to school in the 90s….) To be honest, I doubt Naked Mountain would even be upset by this since they seem to get a lot of mileage out of their name with their “drink naked” merchandise and fun signage around the tasting room. Regardless, we finally made our way to their tasting room to see what all the “drink naked” bumper stickers we’d seen were about.
The tasting room was rustic and cozy with all the wood around if nothing particularly special. I kept thinking ski chalet, so it seemed appropriate for this time of the year. The wines were similarly fine if nothing that really made me rush to buy a bottle. The ’07 sauvignon blanc started our tasting, and I just found it odd. I’m used to a lot of tart acidity with this varietal, but this offering didn’t have this profile. It was very fruit forward, and had less crisp acidity than I look for. It wasn’t a bad wine, but it wasn’t what I think of for sauv blanc. It was more of a campfire sipper for those who like dry whites. The ’05 barrel fermented chardonnay was up next (their signature wine). While oaky (something I often struggle with), it was balanced and had some nice vanilla and fruit elements. I wasn’t in love with it, but it was fine. [FYI, another couple tasting with us mentioned that this wine is sold at Costco at a discount compared to what it goes for at the winery....apparently you can find it in stores from Fredericksburg north.]
The ’05 Scarlet Oak Red was up next. It was a Rhone-style blend of syrah, mourvedre, and tannat. It was a nice light red with a really long finish that had a lot of those leather/earth elements I typically associate with this style of wine. I liked it the best of what we sampled, but I wasn’t feeling it enough to spend the $24 on it. The ’05 merlot had a fair bit of complexity, likely due to the additions of cab franc, tannat, and petit verdot. Again, this was another solid offering even if it didn’t wow me. We ended with two sweeter wines: the ’08 chardonnay/riesling and ’08 cab franc rosé. The white blend was too sweet for my taste, but it did have some nice sweet apple flavors in there. The rosé was somewhat fruity and not cloyingly sweet, but I just don’t really like them.
We won’t be rushing back to Naked Mountain anytime soon, nor will we be slapping a “drink naked” bumper sticker on the winery assault vehicle. If you are in the neighborhood, however, they’ve got some solid wines that are worth a visit. I wouldn’t add this to the list of wineries to plan on leaving with a case of wine, however.
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