Back in the Saddle Again

Just a short drive down Hume Road from Rappahannock Cellars is Desert Rose Ranch and Winery.  We have written in the past that Desert Rose is Western-themed, reflecting the owners origins. 

Desert Rose had some new vintages and a couple new wines sine our last visit for us to try.  Desert Rose has two tastings: Five wines for $5.00 or six wines with a hand made chocolate for $7.00.  We chose the latter on this Sunday afternoon.

We tried the new vintages of the Hitch Hollow Chardonnay 2011 ($22) and the 2011 white blend called Ole Moo Moo ($22), named for their cow.  The 2011 Ole Moo Moo blend consists of 13.6 percent Viognier, 15.8 percent Seyval Blanc, 19.1 percent Chardonnay, and 51 percent Vidal Blanc with 12.5 percent alcohol and 1.6 percent residual sugar. 

The 2011 Rose ($20) is called Sparky, after a dispute withe power company. It seemed less sweet than last year's vintage but still has a pronounced strawberry aroma.  The 2011 RED ($21) is a dry Chambourcin this year. The previous vintage had some residual sugar.  The 2010 Cabernet Franc ($26) won double gold at the Indy International Wine Competition.  The 2011 Merlot is actually a Merlot-based blend of 75 percent Merlot, 12.5 percent Cabernet Franc, 12.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French oak for nearly two years.

One of the new wines at Desert Rose is not on the tasting menu. We were able to taste it because it is available for the Holidays. The 2009 “Desert Delight” ($19.50) is a 100 percent Vidal Blanc sweet dessert wine with an alcohol level of 15.5 percent and residual sugar of 8 percent. The good acidity keeps things in balance. This wine is really well-priced and we took home a bottle. The other new wine is a fruit wine named GiGi Peachy ($15).  This wine is made entirely from peaches and has a brown sugar, peachy taste.

Desert Rose also makes a sweet dessert wine from Norton grapes, which they age in American oak and then finish in whiskey barrels. Desert Rose serves this wine, named Starboard ($37), with a chocolate.  We liked this wine too. All in all, we enjoyed our visit to Desert Rose Winery.
 If you visit Desert Rose Winery tell them you read about them here at Wine About Virginia.

Desert Rose Ranch and Winery   
13726 Hume Rd.
Hume, 22639


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