The Midland project from the Jordan brothers sits on the top of our list of some of our favorite Virginia wines. We have followed Ben since his start (always loved his wines from Early Mountain) and have loved the variety of wines that he has made under the different labels and partnerships. Midland is no different.
The Midland project has been in process for quite some time. “Midland Construction” comes from the name of the carpentry business founded by father Ted Jordan in the 1970s. Tim and Ben lead the operation with an immense amount of wine experience. Ben is the former winemaker at Early Mountain Vineyards, and Tim has been a long-time consultant across Virginia. They began planting vines in 2007 and didn’t produce their first wine until 2017. This kind of long-term thinking is emblematic of what they’re trying to do: create a lasting family endeavor that will be a part of the next generation of Virginia winemaking.
Their Mt. Airy site in the hills of the Shenandoah Valley is quite different from most of the wine-growing regions in Virginia:
- The growing season is cooler and less humid.
- The limestone-based soils are unique and well-draining.
- Total rainfall is lower.
This allows them to make wines that are “more detailed and less about power” -their approach is shaping the future of Virginia Wine.
The 2018 Rosé is a coferment of 74% Cabernet Franc and 24% Blaufränkisch and spends 18 months in barrel and then 24 months in bottle with zero dosage. It has a fantastic bubble structure along with a delightful minerality. Bone Dry! It’s precise and ready to drink for all occasions