I recently had the chance to taste a trio of wines from the Trump Winery in Virginia at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. Not only was this my first occasion to see what Virginia has to offer the wine world, it was also a chance to take in the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, which oozes class in a town that could use some more of it.
It’s tough to get wine from the east, be it Finger Lakes or especially Virginia, out west, so it’s a treat to have the Trump Winery brand a part of the hotel experience. We tasted a Sauvignon Blanc, Meritage and Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine.
The vines for these wines was planted in 1999, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the birthplace of American viticulture. Planted with nearly 200 acres of French vinifera varieties, it is Virginia’s largest vineyard.
So let’s get to the wines:
Hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel, the Sauvignon Blanc takes us to the tropics with its pineapple and citrus notes. Balanced by acidity, this is a crisp wine that stands up well to Sauv Blancs from its more traditional growing regions.
A blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, and 11% Malbec, I loved the delightful ruby color in the glass. The wine was expressive, with deep berry notes, the toast of oak, and a sense of herbaceous uniqueness about it that I enjoyed deliberating.
Made in the méthode Champenoise from 100% estate grown Chardonnay grapes and aged on lees for a whopping 36 months, This is one zesty and crisp Brut, full of Granny Smith apples and citrus zing. A lovely part of a lazy summer day, it’ll take you away.
I also need to give a shout out to the Trump Hotel and its staff. Standing magnificently over the strip and yes far enough away from it to provide isolation from the masses, there’s a restrained class here (at least for Vegas) that makes it an oasis for the wine lover and family man. With no casino on site and no smoking anywhere inside, and no sign of the party crowd (at least when I was there), this is the perfect place to get away and relax. The rooms are spacious, the service was beyond top-notch, and the pool area with the restaurant, bar, pool and tubs, service was exactly what I needed to get away from it all. A tip if you’re going to stay here, upgrade to a strip-side room – the view straight down the strip is breathtaking, more so, I think, than at any other strip-side resort in Vegas.