Just outside of Warrenton, Virginia is a special place — one of those places that makes you say “Wow!” Molon Lave (pronounced MOH-lone LA-veh) is extraordinary. If you have ever longed to visit Greece, then you will also want to plan a trip to Molon Lave Vineyards. It may lack the sharp cliffs and crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, but it has the spirit of Greece. The name is even synonymous with Greek history.
“Come and get them,” is the English translation of molon lave. As you pull into the vineyard, the happy state of the Chambourcin grapes tells you that you are about to get a wonderful experience.
The property is gorgeous. The patio is perfect for events and weddings, and is complemented by a pond, and a lovely tasting and dinning room. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks to enjoy with the magnificent Molon Lave wines. Also, if you are a fan of olive oil, you’ll want to enjoy the olive oil tasting offered on the weekends. The lemon-infused oil is amazing.
The Papadopoulos family, who also own Mediterranean Cellars, put great pride and effort into every wine they produce. Their 2011 Cabernet Franc is among the best in Virginia. The quality of this wine is a testament to the skill of the winemaking: 2011 wasn’t the best year for Virginia, but the Papadopoulos family took the challenge head-on and bottled a Cab Franc that is out of this world. It boasts great plum flavors on the front of the palette and finishes dry. The most intriguing aspect of this wine is the hint of effervescence. We also had the pleasure of tasting their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon before being made available to the public (they are waiting for the labels). If you enjoy an old world style Cab, this one is for you. And, it will only get better!
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At the Molon Lave Vineyards in Warrenton, Virginia on 8/21/2013, tasted seven delicious wines:
83 Points for the 2011 Molon Lave Vineyards Chardonnay
Apple and pear flavors. Crisp flavors with a touch of oak.
86 Points for the 2010 Molon Lave Vineyards Katie’s Charm Chambourcin
Red berries in the nose. Red fruit. Great with fish
87 Points for the 2011 Molon Lave Vineyards Merlot
Three stages. Starts fruity. Then you get some earth and clove. Finishes smokey.
85 Points for the 2010 Molon Lave Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Earthy nose. Nice dark fruit. Dry finish.
93 Points for the 2011 Molon Lave Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Great nose. A bomb of plum flavors. Finishes dry. A hint of effervescence.
86 Points for the 2011 Molon Lave Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackberry nose. Dry with pepper notes.
85 Points for the 2012 Molon Lave Vineyards Autumn Nectar White Wine Blend
Floral nose with hints of honeysuckle and pear. 2% residual sugar.