2020 Lightwell Survey "The Weird Ones are Wolves", Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA

Blue fruits, warm baking spices, and cedar. Vegetal and warm jammy fruit.



A blend of 94% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Manseng. A deep baked bluefruit nose with cedar and baking spices leads up to an equally warm palette. This is our meatiest wine we have made thus far. A true red meat monster with soft tannins for days. Decant for an hour or more, chill just a touch. 326 cases produced.

Both grapes were cofermented with 20% Whole cluster, the Petit Manseng being all whole cluster. Aged for 11 months in neutral French 500L and 228L barrels. Bottled unfiltered August 2020.


Lightwell Survey is a Virginia winery shining a new light on the traditional wine-scape. Our small batches of lively reds, dense whites and unique combinations of the two come with no preconceived descriptions or traditional aspirations. We aim for a bullseye yet prefer to land slightly off center. Started in the fall of 2015 with our first harvest in partnership with Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, VA, our wines will continue to delve into traditional and not so familiar territory as we bring our wines to market. Formed by partners Sebastian Zutant, Ben Jordan and Jay Zutant, the team recently expanded to include Julian Caustrita and John DeNapoli.