Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Barrel Oak Cabernet Franc

According to their website, "In 2006 Sharon and Brian Roeder moved to the Blue Ridge foothills on the rural side of Northern Virginia. There, working closely with their trusted yet loopy Golden Retriever, Barley, they have initiated their diabolical plot to wean all from their “crack-berries” and extraordinarily long commutes by providing them with idyllic and pastoral tranquility in the cooling foothills of the Piedmont Mountains. Spreading their joyful and grapey evil far and wide, they have created a veritable den of wine pleasures designed to trap everyone under the spell of their extraordinary patio views and whimsically-built winery. The wine ain’t that bad either."

Sharon and Brian Roeder

The estate-grown varieties include Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Merlot, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Petit Verdot and Petit Manseng. They also have Virginia grapes from some of the finest surrounding vineyards from which they make Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.

The Cabernet Franc is what concerns us here. I tasted this wine with three different winemakers all of whom were impressed. Big,deep flavors from this wine were impressive. Dark fruits. Touches of cassis. Nice oak ad tannins. Very, very impressive showing. A very, very nice wine.