2018 Best of Show

CrossKeys Vineyard Fiore 2017, Virginia

ASWA Best of Show CrossKeys FioreThis rosé wine is composed of 70% cabernet franc and 30% chambourcin, and was made with estate-grown Shenandoah Valley AVA fruit. It shows a rich fruitiness balanced with savory herbal notes. Grapes for the wine were whole-cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel.

The cabernet franc was harvested early specifically for use in this rosé, and contributes to the more complex herbal and citrus flavors, according to the winery. Suggested retail price is $19.50. The winery recommends pairing it with soft cheeses, rich seafood dishes, or herb-rubbed poultry to show off the complexity of the wine.

CrossKeys Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located on 125 acres in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Its first vines were planted in 2001 and now include 32 acres of vines with twelve grape varieties.  

“Over the years, we’ve brought home a lot of gold and double gold medals, but this is the big one we have been waiting for,” said Babak Bakhtiar, CrossKeys’ director of marketing. “This has been a great year for our wines at awards competitions and this Best of Show is proof that Head Winemaker Stephan Heyns and Assistant Winemaker Steve Monson are undoubtedly crafting the finest wines in Virginia.”