As a rule, I taste a wine on at least two separate occasions before writing the review. Then I compare my notes to see if they are consistent. If I agree with myself (and I usually do) I have at it and write the review. In the case of Barrister, I wanted to get to Round 2 as quickly as possible. The verdict was confirmed! And I’ll be goin’ back for more, soon!
Vintage/Varietal: 2011/Red Blend
Appellation: North Coast
Blend: Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah.
Alcohol Content: 15.10%
Produced by: Zach Long
Retail Price: $13.99 through WTSO
Impressions Beyond the Facts:
At the Start: Deep, ruby red. Right out of the bottle the nose is a little syrupy, which is also a bit scary. How much syrah is in this guy? There are overtones of blackberry, strawberry and cardamom. A bit of a backnote of lavendar.
On the Plate: Served with beef brisket, braised with onions and the usual suspects in a wine reduction (I used a Chilean Cab which I regretted – not because of the quality. On the contrary, on sampling it I wanted to drink it rather than cook it. More on this one, later.) The brisket was served with polenta and topped with a sauce with pearl onions and dried apricots.
The Wrap: Really quite an impressive blending job that provides layers of flavor and a long, pleasing finish.
The Rating: 9.1 Corks!