Both Ron and Marj Vuylsteke are native Oregonians. Ron was an electronics engineer at Tektronix in the early 1960's when a bumper crop of blackberries at the family home led to a gallon of blackberry wine. The result was tasty and the Vuylsteke's family winemaking heritage was reborn. Ron and Marj decided to take the dramatic step of pursuing commercial winemaking and founded Oak Knoll Winery.
This is a big red that is higher in acid than a Pinot Noir, but is not quite as big as a Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a great way for somebody who is curious about “bigger” reds to try something new. This Barbera is sourced from the Lonesome Creek Ranch, near Walla Walla, and has lots of fruit. We produced 208 cases.
My Tasting Notes:
Oak Knoll Winery 2008 Barbera, from the Columbia Valley Lonesome Creek Ranch. This light bodied wine has a little tartness on the tongue, could be a little acidic. Nice Leather smell. You can taste the oak which I find kinda comforting. Very easy drink and very friendly with just about any food you pair with it.