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Three2One Tranquility Release Party

While in Loudoun County this weekend for the Virginia Wine Country 1/2 Marathon, I had the opportunity to attend the Three2One release party, which introduced a new collaborative wine project of ‘Three Winemakers’ – Jordan Harris from Tarara Winery, Ben Renshaw from 8 Chains North, and Clyde Housel of Hiddencroft Vineyards – who have crafted Virginia’s newest blend from ‘Two Grapes’ – Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat – from ‘One Vineyard’ – Tranquility.

Three2One Winemakers - Jordan, Ben, Clyde. Representing over three decades of Virginia grape growing and winemaking experience.

Three2One has been in the works for a while, and grew from a shared respect amongst the three winemakers and belief in the expression of one specific piece of land.  Owned by Al & Mary Taylor and managed by Ben Renshaw, Tranquility Vineyard is located in the town of Purcellville in the still-waiting-for-an-AVA area of Virginia’s Loudoun County.  The Taylor’s broke ground on Tranquility Vineyard in 1999 by planting four acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by one acre of Tannat in 2005.  The Taylor’s expanded Tranquility in 2007 with a planting of just over 1.5 acres Pinot Gris.

Tranquility Vineyard - Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

To pair with Loudoun County’s newest wine, the afternoon included mild weather, live music, excellent food, and great company including Allan & Erica from Cellar Blog (Allan’s event recap here), Paul & Warren from Virginia Wine Time (see VWT recap post here), Amy Ciarametaro from the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office, Stacey from Visit Loudoun.

To begin the tasting, each winemaker poured three wines from their respective wineries.  After tasting the nine wines and enjoying a few nibbles, we moved on to the main event – Three2One’s Tranquility.

Dark purple in the glass, Tranquility has a nose of blackberry jam, baked plum, wood, and hints of an herbal component (couldn’t place exact herb).   In the mouth it has loads of baked fruits and satiny tannins.  I really appreciated the balance of such a youngin.  With just under 1,800 bottles produced (~142 cases), get this one while you can, and let the bottles rest for a couple/few years.  * Thankfully Ben was able to present a reasonable case to one of Virginia’s largest screwcap proponents to use real cork closure for Tranquility.

Ben telling the story of how he convinced Jordan that Three2One Tranquility had to bottled with real cork. Ignore the wine stain on his shirt, that was from an earlier session - 'proper swirling techniques.'🙂

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