Veritas Winery was the last stop on our wine tasting adventure. Veritas is probably the largest and most well-known of all the wineries we visited that day. They have very extensive grounds with lots of gazebos and tables tucked away for you to go and enjoy a glass of wine. In addition to beautiful grounds, they have a very impressive tasting room that is an updated, more contemporary looking lodge.
I’m not sure if it was because it was the last vineyard and our palettes were exhausted, or if it was because the connection to the vineyard wasn’t quite there, but my car wasn’t as blown away by the wines as we expected. The Claret, Merlot, and Vitner’s Reserve were all good, but had a similar finish on the palette that was a little bitter. The Claret was sweeter and bright, the Merlot was chewy and peppery with a dry finish, and the Vitner’s Reserve was a little smokier and dryer.
Although I wasn’t so blown away by the reds, I was a little more excited by the whites. They start with a Scintilla which is a brute sparkling wine that is part Cab Fran and part Chardonnay. I really enjoyed it because it had the tartness and crispness of green apples, but wasn’t sweet. Although I didn’t really care for the Chardonnay “Harlequin” because it was almost pure butter on the finish, I did like their Viognier. We had tried a Viognier at Wintergreen Winery and I was underwhelmed. Veritas’s Viognier had a great apricot nose and tangerine notes on the palette. Whereas Wintergreen’s Viognier was a little too sweet, Veritas brought in more brightness and fruit.