|Early arrival at Delaplane Cellars|
Delaplane was pairing some small plates with the wines being picked up. The 2012 Rosé was paired with a pork roulette with strawberry preserves. I really liked this Rosé. Lots of strawberry and melon flavors with good acidity. The 2012 Rosé is made of a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2012 Viognier was paired with toasted cornbread and local honey. I loved the wine and the cornbread separately, although not too sure of the combination. Regardless, this 2012 Viognier is quite good, with softer notes due to aging in neutral oak barrels.
The last wine for this quarter's shipment was the 2011 CINQ3, a red blend of made up with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc, all from separate Virginia vineyards. This was paired with Caromont Red Rowe cheese. An excellent blend for the 2011 vintage. I also tasted the 2012 Melange Blanc and the 2011 Merlot. I have tasted this 2011 Merlot on a previous trip. It is a lighter Merlot, but very tasty. It is meant to drunk sooner than later.
After picking up my wine club shipment I travelled over to Barrel Oak Winery (BOW) to visit Kathy, one of the Virginia Wine Mafia. On my way down the hill to leave Delaplane Cellars I saw Rich, Kathy's husband, coming up the hill to pick up their wine shipment at Delaplane Cellars.
Barrel Oak is under a bit of construction. They are adding some more space including new restrooms.
I only stopped in to taste a couple of the wines. I wound up purchasing the 2011 Chardonnay to bring home.
After a tasting at Miracle Valley I drove over to Boxwood Estate Winery to try the new 2012 Rosé. I had visited Boxwood a little while back so the rosé was the only wine I haven't already tried.