My WP apples look exactly like barry's (once I rub the bloom off). I'm also in a similar southern climate, so maybe that has something to do with it. My WP came from Burnt Ridge.
I like WP ok. For an early apple, I prefer Pristine. WP is more acidic, but still has decent flavor. The main drawback is that the skin can sometimes be a bit chewy. After taking a bite, I'm usually left with a mouth full of chewed up skin. Pristine has no skin issues, and less acidic, which I like.
I brought both a WP and a Pristine apple to eat for lunch today