2011 Remy Wines Barbera

20151023_133438We just spent a week in the heartland, without any great wines to fulfill my palate.  So, upon returning home I decide it was time to post another review.  I went to my wine cellar and pulled a 2011 Barbera from Remy Wines.

Remy Drabkin is one of my favorite wine makers.  She has a magical touch when it comes to the Italian varietals she has chosen to direct her talents toward.  I am a huge fan of Barbera, in general, and hers in particular.  Remy sources her warm weather varietals from SE Washington, where the sun shines hot and dry for much of the growing season.  In Oregon, the 2011 season was cool and wet which produced a higher than normal level of acidity in those Oregon wines.  I’m not certain how the weather affected the grapes from Washington.

The nose of this beauty is robust, with scents of leather, dark heavy fruit and a little spice.  My initial impression, on my palate is a smooth, velvety texture.  It seems very full-bodied and unassuming at the same time.  Then I swallowed.  The acidity level is very distinct, leaning toward perfection.  The structure of the tannins is smooth with just enough astringency that it cries out for food to be layered with it.  It paired it with some homemade spaghetti and meatballs.  What an absolute treat!

If you are a fan of rich, robust Italian wines, you must seek out Remy Wines.  I currently have Lagrein, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and her special blend she calls Remallaia, fashioned after the great Ornellaia (Super Tuscan) wines of Tuscany.


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