2013 Calistoga Napa Valley Barrouge Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Calistoga
Each year we recognize a Top Boutique Winery of the Year - and today, the honor goes to our friends at Barlow Vineyards. To celebrate, we’re showcasing their best wine to date, the outstanding Barlow Vineyards 2013 Calistoga Napa Valley Barrouge Cabernet Sauvignon. This is one formidable wine, from the best vintage in a decade.
Read on, to learn what we said about this wine, the last time we featured it:
Today marks the return of Barlow Vineyards… with the release of their big, bold, delicious 2013 Calistoga Napa Valley Barrouge Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a young one, but with a little aeration, it is ready to imbibe. The patient among you will stash a few bottles away for the next decade or more. This wine will only keep getting better and better.
On the nose, fruit and spice and everything nice! Blackberry candy, raspberry, cassis, black licorice, cocoa dust, vanilla, toasty oak, spice, and subtle black pepper. On the palate, young blackberry, black cherry, cherry bark, cocoa nibs, dusty bramble, cassis, hard leather, baker’s chocolate, spice box, and subtle white pepper.
This wine hails from the Calistoga AVA, a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley AVA, situated at the northern end of the Napa Valley. The soils here are almost exclusively volcanic and the temperature swings are enormous, with 100 degree days cooled by the breezes that come off of the Russian River Valley AVA to the west. In fact, Calistoga enjoys the highest diurnal temperature variation in the entire Napa Valley - which places wonderful stress on the grapes that grow here - making for wines that are darker, richer and more flavorful.
Dark and ruby gem-like in the glass, with tall legs that cling to the glass wall as they make their slow and steady march downward.
Blackberry candy, raspberry, cassis, black licorice, cocoa dust, vanilla, toasty oak, spice, and subtle black pepper.
Young blackberry, black cherry, cherry bark, cocoa nibs, dusty bramble, cassis, hard leather, baker’s chocolate, spice box, and subtle white pepper.
This young wine has lots of firm tannin, but as it opens up (let this one breathe and you’ll be rewarded!), it softens and releases its grip on the lovely fruits to be found inside. This wine is drinking very well at the moment, but we can’t wait until it really comes into its own over the next several years!
Enjoy with charred beef dishes, like a thick cowboy steak, charred to perfection on the grill - or over the campfire!!
What the Winery Says
- Corey Beck
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Calistoga, Napa Valley
- 666 Cases