Let’s get straight to the point. Crismon Lane is a dream. One of the newest wineries in Virginia and located in Linden, Virginia, Crimson Lane is the newest Tik Tok and Reels-worthy winery to enter the Virginia wine scene. Equal parts luxury and minimalism, the decor is textured and modern. The views are beautiful.
But what about the wine? Currently available are the following:
- 2021 Albarino
- 2022 Petit Manseng
- 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
- 2019 Baarrel-aged Chardonnay
- 2018 Prelude (43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot)
- 2019 Petit Verdot
- 2019 Collina (50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 2019 Parral (42% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon)
The only one above that I didn’t try was the Petit Verdot. Out of the others, the Sauvignon Blanc, Parral, and Petit Manseng stood out. The Parral was an amazing red blend with more balance than the Collina and Prelude.
As for the whites, the Sauvignon Blanc was clean and crisp with a floral and citrusy scent, and notes of pineapple and honeydew. If you visit Crimson Lane during the summer and are looking for a “porch sipping” option, this might be as close as you’re going to get. The Petit Manseng was also a standout. You’ll immediately taste honey, grapefruit, and peaches. This will go with a variety of cheeses, but also try it with chicken salad or other light summer snacks for a fun pairing.
Now the food. Crimson Lane offers light to heavy snacks and we tried the cheese plate and charcuterie board. Both were good and this was the first time I’ve seen pâté included on a charcuterie board in Virginia.
Things to note, Crimson Lane is offering an experience as much as it is offering wine. The price point is slightly higher than some Virginia wineries (especially if you’re used to visiting wineries outside of Northern Virginia), but well worth it. The customer service was top notch and the staff seems to be well versed in the winery’s conception, buildout, and future, as well as the wines and food menu. I can’t wait to go again.