Rise is our most powerful wine, and also one of the most beautiful, which may seem a paradox, but it is the overarching philosophy we bring to building it — by balancing of power, concentration, and texture with aromatic complexity, detail, and flavors that range from deep and persistent to subtle and suggestive, echoing at the edge of the palate. On the nose, the fruits are deep and dark with Damson plum and wild blackberries accented by mint, cedar and wood spice. On the palate the flavors echo the aromas; structured and layered with ample and persistent tannin.
Packed in custom wood boxes for three or six bottle packs.
Rise represents the pinnacle of what we do at Early Mountain. It is the result of vintage, site, farming, and winemaking simultaneously hitting their highest marks, a tall order for an agricultural endeavor. 2017 was almost ideal from a grape growing perspective with warm, dry days, cool nights, and the luxury to pick at the precise moment of ripeness. As Virginia’s expansion on the world stage continues to accelerate, its mountain vineyards have taken the lead. Rise takes the very best that these steep slopes have to offer, and gives us a wine sharing the qualities of density, complexity and ageability of those we look to in Bordeaux, but offering compelling textural and aromatic qualities that are unique to our wines made from our mountainsides. - Ben Jordan, Winemaker
When we first opened Early Mountain Vineyards we committed to producing wines that stood side by side with the great wines of the world, highlighting the potential we saw for wines from Virginia. Rise, which we only produce when we believe the vintage is remarkable, is that wine. After the success of the 2015 vintage, we are even more excited for the 2017 vintage as it proves that patience pays and dedication to quality is rewarded. Using hand selected grapes from our best mountainside vineyard blocks, our talented winemaking team has crafted a unique and extraordinary wine. This superior wine highlights the best Early Mountain has to offer and reinforces our commitment to world class quality in the wines we craft. - Jean Case, Owner