Tsillan Cellars 2009 Estate Barbera, Lake Chelan, $28

By on October 8, 2013

tsillan-cellars-barbera-2009-labelShane Collins knows there’s a hungry market in the adjacent Sorrento’s Ristorante for wines made with Italian varieties. In the past, these grapes have been destined for Collins’ popular Sinistra blend, but here’s the first standalone bottling of Barbera from Dr. Bob Jankelson’s vineyard. It’s tough to argue with the timing. The nose hints at boysenberry syrup over blueberry pancakes, joined by a dash of cinnamon, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. On the attack, there’s a supple entry with flavors of black cherry, chocolate and cola. The pleasing structure of blueberry acidity and slaty tannins should pair nicely with Sorrento suggestions of Bolognese, Chicken Parm or hard Italian salamis.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 115 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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