Located on 52 picturesque acres of land in Northern Loudoun County near Lucketts is the beautiful property of Lost Creek Vineyards and Winery. No wonder the new owners, Aimee and Todd Henkle, were instantly drawn to this Tuscan-style winery's charm and beauty and quickly jumped on the opportunity to purchase the property back in September 2012. Their new vision for Lost Creek is big yet simple: Great wines, casual elegant atmosphere and superb service.
Not even a year has gone by and Aimee and Todd have truly made this place their own, with the introduction of six new wines and the remodeling of the Harvest House, a plantation style home re-purposed for Wine Club and private events that once served as the home of the previous owners. In addition to the Harvest House, the winery has two beautiful outdoor patios and covered pavilions that feature fountains, fire pits and a wisteria, a cozy 1500 square foot tasting room with an impressive stone fireplace and a Banquet Hall that can accommodate weddings and events for up to 120 people. Since buying the property last year right around harvest time, the couple has replanted estate acreage on the 16 acres of vineyard, leased additional vineyards in Middleburg and bought 60 new French Oak barrels. The Henkles have also retained the services of wine consultant Sebastien Marquet, winemaker at Doukenie Winery, and plan to expand the estate varietals, in addition to offering more traditional Burgundy and Bordeaux winemaking styles.
We recently had the pleasure to attend their highly anticipated release featuring Lost Creek's 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, made from 100-percent estate-grown grapes. The release party was hosted at the exclusive Harvest House last Saturday, August 17th, in conjunction with their First Annual Chesapeake Crab & Wine Feast. The fun festive evening included a gourmet menu created by chef Jose Marty of Celebrations Catering, six new wines by Lost Creek, and live music by Josh Burgess. On the menu was all you can eat Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs, BBQ Basted Chicken Pieces, Southern Style Cole Slaw, Chesapeake Macaroni Salad, Parkerhouse Rolls, and Key Lime Pie. The steamed crabs were well worth the effort and were a great choice for the Chardonnay release.
Lost Creek's six wines offered with the seafood and poultry included the 2011 Genesis (a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot), the 2011 Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Vidal Blanc, the 2012 Serenity (a lightly sweetened Vidal Blanc), the 2012 Chardonnay (stainless-steel fermented), and the 2012 Reserve Chardonnay (barrel-aged). The six new bigger, drier and complex tasting wines take Lost Creek in a new direction under its new leadership. The barrel-fermented Burgundian style 2012 Reserve Chardonnay is a beautiful delicate wine with hints of vanilla and is aged for 10 months in French Oak. Their 2012 Chardonnay, fermented in stainless steel, is crisp yet smooth with hints of citrus. Fresh acidity and a nice, long finish made this wine the perfect pairing for the savory Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs at the event. We also tried the 2011 Genesis, one of their first new releases, blending Tannat's unique flavor with longtime Virginia favorite Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. This medium-bodied earthy wine with a slightly peppered black currant and red berry aroma goes great with grilled meats and strong cheeses. For those loving a sweeter wine, the Serenity, made from Vidal Blanc with 1.5% residual sugar, is a perfect summer wine. The event was a true success, and we look forward to what else Aimee and Todd have in store for Lost Creek.