Here is a new review that I wrote for AmericanWineryGuide.com on Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane. Enjoy!
“After a few trips to Barrel Oak over the early days of my blog and progression of my palate, it was time for us to take a trip out to test the latest offerings. Sitting high in Delaplane on a hillside in the gorgeous Piedmont countryside, Barrel Oak presents one of the top family and kid friendly wineries in the United States (according to Wine Enthusiast). The atmosphere at the winery supports this claim with children and dogs roaming the tasting room and stampeding around the property while parents have the opportunity to taste at one of the tasting bars downstairs or upstairs. On sunny Spring days, one would often see children flying kites high up on the hill. Most of the parking is along the road heading up towards the tasting room, which is going to be absolutely packed on a Saturday, so be sure to get there early. The outdoors features a very large patio to accommodate the large crowds that features food services occasionally. With the new Fauquier County regulations, I’m not sure if that’s an option at all anymore.
As you are led down the crushed stone driveway to the walkway to the door, you arrive at the tasting room that features a large area of tables immediately as you enter the door with live entertainment in the corner and the check-out register immediately to the right. The large 30-ish person bar is a half circle and takes up the majority of the back wall.” READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
- BOWHaus White 2011 ($24): sulfered nose, crisp acidity, minerality on the palate with a clean crisp finish
- Seyval Blanc 2011 ($22): citrus explosion on the nose, light lemon and lime notes on the palate finishing dry
- Petit Manseng 2011 ($28): neutral nose (faint tropical notes), adding minerality on the palate finishing with a touch of tropical fruit and bright acidity to tone down the sweetness
- Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2011 ($29): honeysuckle, tropical fruit and apricot dominate the flavor profile, while I was only able to get sulfur on the nose
- BOWHaus Red 2011 ($26): more of that S word on the nose (again, maybe it attributed to the fireplace fumes) with rose petal notes adding a touch of cranberry and strawberry flavors on the palate finishing crisp and semi-sweet
- Tour’ga Franc 2011 ($29): cedar, wild berries, and light vinegar nose offering some spicy cherry flavors finishing with zesty spice (bubbles left behind in the glass, possibly a bad bottle?)
- Merlot 2010 ($29): berry aromas with tart cherry and blackberries on the palate, finishing with pepper notes up towards the back of the palate and fades very quickly
- Norton 2011 ($30): sweetness, candied plum and bittersweet chocolate leading to sweet raspberry flavors tapering off with candied berries dominating the finish, with a light dab of spice
- Chocolate Lab ($34): semi-sweet chocolate and cherry from start until finish (very low alcohol for a port style)
Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Ln,
Delaplane, VA 20144