A couple of weekends ago, Jaymie and I headed out to the Northern Neck and Ingleside Vineyards to enjoy their Oyster Crawl event and to stay at one of the Ingleside Plantation properties, specifically the Pointe. We arrived at Ingleside just after noon and quickly headed inside the tasting room, just past the Denson and Sewansecott oyster folks and crowds of people enjoying the warm, inviting courtyard. As we entered in, we recognized the familiar smiling faces and immediately got the ball rolling on a tasting. We started off our tasting with the 2012 Albarino ($19.95), which boasted some apricot and lemongrass aromas to prime your palate for what is about to come. Bright acidity lays out the framework of apricot and citrus notes that explode on the palate with a light, zesty finish. Moving onto the next white, we get a try of the 2012 Chardonnay ($15.96). It offers a nice, toasty, nutty, and pear-filled nose, while the palate is smoothed out with a nice weighted structure that lacks the buttery notes, that some turn their noses at, and provides smooth apple and toasty notes that finish out the sip. A well-made Chardonnay, and one to enjoy with your favorite summertime, seafood dish. Up next is the 2012 Petit Manseng ($23.95) to sweeten up the white tasting a bit. It shows honey drenched, tropical fruit, a nice medium bodied structure, and a touch of sweetness (2% residual sugar). Bouncing around a bit (since Ingleside offers a pretty extensive tasting list), we were able to give their new 2013 Dry Rosé ($15), made from Cabernet Sauvignon. This new release was stunning and offers up fresh rose and strawberry aromas. It is soothing the palate with dry, strawberry notes that carry into a smooth medium length finish that reminded us of a Sancerre style rosé.
We tasted through a few reds after the rose, including the 2007 Virginia Gold blend, 2007 Merlot Reserve, and their sweet rosé (all of which I covered in past visits). At the base of the review, you can find these notes in the full tasting sheet. A new red to try is their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.95). While still young, this Cabernet is ensconced in dark fruit with a nice weighted palate bearing drying tannins that balance out the fruit forward profile. It finishes with a touch of spice and cedar. With a bit more bottle age, this wine will absolutely develop into another star from Ingleside. We wrapped up our tasting with the NV October Harvest dessert wine ($18.95), which before I had not had. This dessert wine was juicy from the nose to the finish with honey drenched apple – very reminiscent to a favorite dessert wine of mine, the Antolino Brongo Cryomalus Ice Cider. This dessert wine is a heavy-weight and sweet to a point (not sugar-shock sweet) and almost crisp on the finish. A great tasting overall and very happy to have had the opportunity to do so.
From the tasting bar, Jaymie and I grabbed a bottle of the 2013 Dry Rosé and met up with Chris Flemer in the courtyard to enjoy some of Denson’s Drago style and raw oysters. We, of course, had to say hello to the Denson’s folks, including oyster extraordinaire Rocky, and met a couple of new faces from the Sewansecott Oyster company that had come over from the Eastern Shore. The oysters were excellent as usual, and the raw oysters from Virginia pleasantly surprised myself and Jaymie, who are huge fans of the Canadian Raspberry Point Oysters often found in oyster bars the region. These Virginia natives were sweet, yet briny and paired perfect with our rosé. After catching up with Chris and enjoying the relaxing courtyard by their fountain, the event wrapped up for the afternoon, so Chris showed us the way to The Pointe rental house. Often times when Ingleside is mentioned, folks have this misconception that the winery is quite a distance from Northern Virginia, which makes me laugh given the fact it’s actually a lot closer than Charlottesville and in a beachy area of the state for the summertime. For those people that need to pack an overnight bag, we highly recommend staying at Ingleside’s The Pointe rental home. The rates are very reasonable at around $175 per night, and the house is located directly on the Rappahannock River with a large deck to view the gorgeous sunsets and a dock to shove off with a boat or to fish from. Inside is very spacious with a full-sized bedroom and loft sleeping area, as well as a full kitchen, large living room, washer and dryer, full satellite tv, and a very isolated location. Peace and tranquility is a given when staying at The Pointe. During our stay, we were happy to have Chris over for some cheese and charcuterie and share some wine as we all took in the gorgeous sunset. We then headed into Colonial Beach for dinner, where we dined at the Seaside Thai & French restaurant. If you have the opportunity, it’s a must visit location, and they make a Rockfish to die for. The next day, we also stopped by Denson’s for a delicious lunch and ice cream before heading off to visit the historical Stratford Hall. Overall, there is plenty to do in the area, including many wineries, and, of course, Ingleside Plantation Vineyards, which will provide your palate with a taste of original six winery flare that grew into standout amongst in Virginia. If you have the opportunity to visit, please do so and make plans to stay while you are there. Also, be sure to visit our friends at Denson’s for some of the freshest food in the Northern Neck. Don’t forget to mention that you read about them on the Virginia Pour House Wine blog, and say hello to Chris (Ingleside) and Rocky (Denson’s).
Ingleside Plantation Vineyards
5872 Leedstown Rd.,
Oak Grove, VA 22443