Friday, May 14, 2010
Montevina Winery 2007 Barbera (California)
Had company this evening, they came over to visit, have pizza and get help moving a couch ... then we all sat around and chatted, that's where the wine comes in. This is a bottle from Amador County in California; Amador is known for, amongst a number of things, making great Zinfandel - this wine sort of reminded me of Zinfandel. The fruit was big, red and sweet on both the nose and the palate, there was a hint of vanilla on the nose and a touch of white pepper on the palate (if you held it in your mouth long enough), otherwise this wine was just all big red fruit, with time open the fruit became black cherry, but still big and still sweet tasting (it was definitely a dry wine with ripe, sweet fruit flavour). An easy quaffer with very little in the way of surprises, and little in the way of acidity to get in the way. Not sure what I was expecting from this Italian grape grown in California, so with no expectations came no let down.. If I were to rate it I would give it 3 1/2 stars (out of 5 - Good).