One of the most exciting and rewarding silver linings of the past few years was making Patrick Collins’ acquaintance here at the shop. Patrick and his partner Danielle are a two-person operation with a singular focus on the old trees of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and thereabouts.
100% Arkansas Black from Williams Orchard in Flint Hill: 40% from 2019, 60% from 2020 vintages. Gravelly loam of granitic gneiss, 650’ elevation.
This is the beginning of a solera, an attempt to mediate the (sometimes wildly) variant Virginia vintages and combine the depth of aging with the energy of the most recent year’s fruit.
- Patrick Collins