I’m not sure how to start this one. I really wanted to like this visit. I’d heard so many great things about Muse, I met the owners at another Virginia Vineyard, and the site is just incredible. Often, the views are half the reason to come to these spots – the mountains and valleys, and in the case of Muse, and incredible river running along the property.
Sadly, the wine did not match up to the expectations that were set.
First, the outdoor view is awesome – reminds me of Glen Manor …
The setting is just stunning – as is the building – very modern and somewhat out of place in the setting, not blending in any way into the landscape, but very interesting too.
Five wines were there for the tasting. We settled in and tasted all five – the Thalia white blend, the rosé, Calliope, Clio, and the Cab Franc 2015.
I have to say that none of these impressed me, given the reputation. I think what was even more disappointing was that although we were there early and it was not crowded, the staff was very disengaged – they had little to say about the wines beyond what was on the sheet and didn’t seem tremendously interested in engaging with the customers. We ordered tomato soup and grilled cheese and a glass to sit on the patio and enjoy.
I struggled with writing this entry, because I don’t want to diss a winery, but I felt very let down overall. They’re going to have to work on atmosphere to get the climate up to the scenery that their vineyards sit within. It is a bit more of a hike to get to than others in the same price range with much better service and experience overall.
So in the end, this entry is just about the pictures, because it is a beautiful spot to visit. If you think I’m wrong, you’ll need to bring me a really good bottle of their wine to taste to convince me to go again.