Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $28

By on February 6, 2016

wind-rose-cellars-barbera-2012-labelItalian varieties grown in Washington’s Columbia Valley are the focus of David Volmut at his winery in the Olympic Peninsual rain shadow community of Sequim, and for Italy’s most common red he works with two Yakima Valley sites — Red Heaven on Red Mountain and Lonesome Spring Ranch just upstream. The profile, which incorporates Dolcetto (5%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), brings aromas of dark plum, poached cherry and dried blueberry with bittersweet chocolate, green olive and Graham cracker. Inside, there’s a smooth and bright entry with Bing cherry and cranberry. Dried plum lurks in the background with menthol, dark chocolate and blackberry as the tannins arrive late but settle just behind the food-friendly acidity this grape is known for. Serve with lasagana, puttanesca or grilled hanger steak.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 225 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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