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2015 Chardonnay Rated 89 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Rating was the highest for any Virginian Chardonnay for vintage 2015

2015 James Charles Chardonnay was reviewed by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, earning an overall rating of 89 points, the highest rating for a Virginian Chardonnay from the 2015 vintage year. 

"Fresh, clean and fruity--that's what you expect from young Chardonnay. What gives it a bit of distinction is the structure and the lift to the fruit, the feeling that it is also lively and lingering, not just fruity." Read the full review

 

 

 

2015 Petit Verdot Rated 88 Points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

First review of 2015 vintage Petit Verdot

2015 Petit Verdot from James Charles received an 88-point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazinetied for the second-highest rating ever given to a Virginian Petit Verdot.

"This wine has a lovely bouquet of blackberry, violet, lavender and church incense. They all translate onto the austere palate, with velvet tannins. The finish is long, herbal and woody." Read the full review.

 

   

2015 Riesling Rated 86 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Publication's highest-ever rating for a Virginian Riesling

2015 James Charles Chardonnay was reviewed by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and rated 86 points, the highest-ever rating of a Virginian Riesling by The Wine Advocate.

"It has good focus and some crispness, finishing rather fruity. On paper, there are only two grams per liter of residual sugar, but it seems sweeter than that perceptibly, at least in it its youth. It is certainly a long way from austere." Read the full review

 

 

 

2015 "Arrivato 1913" Ameritage Rated 86 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Signature red-wine blend's first rating from a major publication

The Wine Advocate reviewed 2015 "Arrivato 1913" Ameritage with a rating of 86 points. "Arrivato 1913" is James Charles' signature red-wine blend, named for the year the winemaker's great-grandfather arrived in America from Italy.

"The 2015 Arrivato 1913 Ameritage is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and a tiny dollop of Malbec for the rest, aged for nine months in a 60/40 mixture of French and American oak (40% new). This mutes the herbaceous Cab Franc nuances then adds a touch of an oak overlay and some notable intensity, becoming focused and precise." Read the full review

 

 

 

"Cincinnatus" Dessert Wine Earns Bronze Medal at 2016 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic

First award for the limited-production Port-style Wine from James Charles

2015 "Cincinnatus" dessert wine from James Charles Winery earned a bronze medal at this year's statewide competion hosted by Virginia Wine Lover Magazine. 

Bogati Winery and Veramar Vineyard, both also owned and operated by the Bogaty family, received medals as well, included two platinum medals for Bogati Winery. 

The Classic is hosted by Virginia Wine Lover Magazine, which was founded in 2008 and has hosted this annual competition ever since.

According to their website, “Virginia Wine Lover celebrates Virginia wines, along with the personalities that make them, the events that surround them, and the food and lifestyle that pairs with them--all for the enjoyment and entertainment of our readers.” ... Read More

 

 

 

2015 James Charles Viognier Earns Double Gold Medal at San Francisco International Wine Competition

"Double Gold" is equivalent to a 94-point rating

JUNE 14, 2016 - Viognier wine from James Charles Winery & Vineyard received a double gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the United States. “Double gold” is one of the highest medals a wine can receive at this competition, equivalent to 94 points. The San Francisco competition received over 4,600 submissions this year from wine producers around the world.

“I am thrilled that our 2015 Viognier has been recognized as one of the best wines in the world,” says Justin Bogaty, winemaker for Bogaty Family Wine Group wineries. “It is a great honor for a Virginia wine to be awarded so highly at such a prestigious competition, and it cements Shenandoah Valley AVA, Virginia’s place as one of the country’s most exciting winemaking regions.”

Viognier was the first vintage of wine produced at James Charles Winery, and it is no stranger to praise from critics: the 2014 vintage of this wine earned a gold medal at Virginia Wine Lover Classic, silver at Virginia Governor’s Cup, and bronze at Decanter World Wine Awards.

 

 

 

2015 Viognier

2014 James Charles Viognier reviewed by The Wine Stalker

Wine receives a rating of 4/5 for price vs. quality

FEBRUARY 25, 2016 - "On the nose there's aromas of white peach, apricots, ginger and honeysuckle. With those descriptors what else could it be but Viognier? Just by the expressiveness of the nose I could tell the palate was going to be killer and it didn't let me down. It's full bodied with a mouthfeel that combines lush and oil. If this was a red we'd be calling it meaty. I didn't get minerality on the nose but dry stone is all over the palate. There's also white peach, apricots and kiwi. It finishes with apricots, citrus peel and minimum effects from acidity." ... Read the full review

 

 

     

Bogaty Family Wines Medal at 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup

Silver, bronze medals at the annual competition

Six wines from Veramar Vineyard, Bogati Winery and James Charles Winery, winemaking operations owned and operated by Bogaty Family Wine Group, received medals at the 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup, the most pretigous wine competition in the state.

The highest-placing Bogaty wine was 2014 Viognier from James Charles Winery, which received a silver medal in the competition.

Veramar Vineyard's 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2014 Seyval Blanc and NV "Pink Chicken" Rosé each received bronze medals.

2013 Black Label Chardonnay and NV "Collection I" from Bogati Winery earned bronze medals as well. 

The family’s winemaker, Justin Bogaty, is the son of the vineyards’ founders, James and Della Bogaty. Justin has been making wine for the family since 2001; he is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a certificate in enology from the University of California, Davis.

Wines produced by the Bogaty family have received numerous awards, both in Virginia competitions and in contests around the world. The family has produced more wines with an 85+ rating from ​Wine Enthusiast ​magazine than any other wine group on the American East Coast.

 

 

     

2014 James Charles Sauvignon Blanc/Fumé Blanc rated by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine receives a rating of 84 points

"Banana, powdered white candies and creamy coconut make an appearance on the nose of this Sauvignon Blanc that sees time in neutral oak" ... Read the full review

 

   

 

   

2014 James Charles Viognier rated by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine receives a rating of 85 points

"Medium gold in color, with a slight pink hue, this carries the aroma of canned tropical-fruit." ... Read the full review

 

 

     

Bogaty Family Receives Platinum, Gold Medals in 2015 Virginia Wine Lovers Classic

Wines from all three Bogaty family wineries earn medals

AUGUST 27, 2014/BERRYVILLE, VA - The expert judges at the ​Virginia Wine Lovers ​magazine’s Wine Classic have awarded wines from all three Bogaty family wineries with high honors at their annual competition in Suffolk, Virginia.

Veramar Vineyard​’s 2011 Estate Club Mourvedre took away a platinum medal from the competition, the highest honor a wine can receive.

Bogati Winery​’s B-Thin and Fat Ass wines both received gold, as did ​James Charles Winery​’s 2014 Viognier.

The family’s winemaker, Justin Bogaty, is the son of the vineyards’ founders, James and Della Bogaty. Justin has been making wine for the family since 2001; he is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a certificate in enology from the University of California, Davis.

Wines produced by the Bogaty family have received numerous awards, both in Virginia competitions and in contests around the world. The family has produced more wines with an 85+ rating from ​Wine Enthusiast ​magazine than any other wine group on the American East Coast.