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The Wine List

Philip Carter wine list

There are few places that can boast the depth of Virginia wine history that Philip Carter Winery reflects. The family carries a two hundred and fifty year legacy as maker of the first recognized fine wine in America. It was Charles Carter, who, in 1762, sent the London Society for the Encouragement of the Arts a dozen bottles of his Virginia wine. The society awarded Carter a gold medal as the first person to make a “spirited attempt towards the accomplishment of their views, respecting wine in America.” Located in Hume, Philip Carter Winery is seated on 27 acres of rolling hills in the heart of Virginia’s Wine Country.

Our Available Wine List:


Philip Carter Falconwood White 2012
The 12’ Falconwood White smells of ripe pineapple and granny smith apple when first poured, and opens up to have a complex purfumey smell of Viognier. This wine is well structured with a medium mid palate and a crisp finish.

Philip Carter Sabine Hall Viognier, 2014 
65% stainless steel and 35% neutral French oak barrels in which it rested for 8 months. Nice floral nose reminiscent of honeysuckle, followed by soft stone fruits on the palate. The slight residual sugar gives to the wine a sot approachable mouth-feel.

Philip Carter Governor Fauquier, 2014 
An off-dry white, coming in at 1% residual sugar, made from Vidal Blanc. Stainless steel fermentation, fruit forward nature. The nose consists of pineapple, pear, peach, mango, and honey. Upon tasting, citrus, melon and apple refresh the palate.

Philip Carter Shirley Chardonnay, 2014 

Made from 100% chardonnay aged in 80% French Oak, a nose at first featuring apple and lemon opens up to reveal coconut and buttered popcorn. 70% malolactic fermentation gives the wine a creamy mouth-feel with just enough malic acid retained to give the wine a bright fruit presence further highlighted by sir lies aging and its corresponding battonage. A hearty white wine with a lasting finish.

Philip Carter Sweet Danielle, 2012
Aromas of ripe pineapple and banana. Very approachable and well balanced that has some sweetness up front with a clean crisp finish.

Philip Carter Rosewell, 2014 
100% merlot Rose done in stainless steel. Very intense aromatically, it offers a rare complexity; fruit candy, rhubarb with earthy, floral notes behind them. After a lively attack, ripe berries such as strawberry and blackberry dominate the palate, with citrus following in the ranks. Slightly fizzy, it brings a lot of freshness, with a crisp finish.

Desert Rose Sparky, 2014 
It is our goal to produce a very high quality Rosé wine much in line with the finer European versions. While the blend may change from year to year depending upon the quality of the grapes, we have selected a mix of 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 52% Cabernet Franc for this vintage.

Naked Mountain Chardonnay, 2013
100% Varietal! Golden Delicious apple layered over buttered toast and subtle oak makes this the perfect wine to pair with many foods. Finishing with lemon zest and vanilla cream.

Barrel Oak Bowhaus White, 2013
Pineapple and tropical notes. Crisp and fresh with balanced acidity. Blend of 78% Vidal Blanc and 22% Seyval Blanc. It’s like sunshine in a glass! This is fermented and aged in Stainless Steel, leaving 1.25 % Residual Sugar.

Rappahannock Cellars Chardonnay/Viognier, 2014:
Molon Lave Chardonnay:
From The Greek Winery in Warrenton, VA


Philip Carter Nominal Hall Cabernet Franc, 2014
Bright Cherry, blackberry, and raspberry aromas backed up by vanilla, mocha, and anise appeal to the olfactory senses. Those fruits carry over as part of a balanced palate including black pepper spice.

Philip Carter Corotoman, 2013

A good example of a fine Virginian Meritage; Corotoman is a blend of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is delicate on the wood extraction, elegant with the ripe red fruits and some spices, with a dark ruby color, but not too pronounced. The medium acidity and low alcohol, balance well the soft structure of the tannins. Corotoman makes great company to the NY strip, smashed potatoes, and steamed asparagus.

Philip Carter 1762, 2013 

This is an homage to Porto with a Virginian touch. It is aged 18 months in Bourbon barrels from A. Smith Bowman distilleries in Fredericksburg.  This wine has very dark, rich color and is full bodied. 1762 smells of ripe red berries and dark chocolate with a hint of bourbon.

Rappahannock Cellars Noblesse, 2013
A unique blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, utilizing the technique of “short vat” fermentation to reduce tannin extraction, then followed by careful oak aging, produces this soft, supple, and ready to drink red wine… Enjoy year round.

Mediterranean Cellars La Fos:
A limited release. A full bodied, dry, varietal blend aged in French oak with hints of berries and a spice finish.

3 Fox Cab Franc:
Estate cab franc with chocolate, black cherry, berry, and spice notes. Pairs well with steak and cigars, perfect to drink now or to let age.

Philip Carter Falconwood Red, 2014:

A blend of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 15% each petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It smells of blackberry, sweet cherry, rich tobacco, and leather. The wine is very balanced with medium mid palate and a very smooth finish. It is a blend that can be enjoyed during any season.


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