Always a treat to try one of the most iconic Barbera's made. And, to get a chance to try one with ten years on it is a real treat. The wine did not disappoint. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cranberries, slight sour cherries and a very interesting mint note. This is a big fruit wine (especially for Barbera) with nice cherries and red currants. There is also a strong backbone of acidity that helps this work so well with food. Deep and some complexity, it still seems like it could go another decade with no problem. This can handle the hearties of meat dishes but is lively enough for
Sean Thackrey is one of the world's great winemakers who hangs out in Bolinas California. This is basically a field blend of what doesn't make his top Cuvees. Although it is non-vintage, each Cuvee carries a Roman Numeral designate. This is XI, but the current release is XXV. This wine is approximately 16 years old and was really made to be drunk in the first few years. Sometime, however, wines hide in the cellar only to provide a pleasant surprise later on. It was originally claimed to be a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Carignan, and Barbera, however, DNA testi
Deep ruby in color with some purple swirls. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, this is slightly bitter with bracing acidity. Some cherry fruit. slight to medium tannins. Finishes with sour cherries. This wine really demands food but should work with a wide variety. At $20, it is fairly priced.