2009 Barber Cellars "Mr. Beast" Dry Creek Zinfandel

SKU #1074742

This is a wonderful Zin from the perfect 2009 Sonoma vintage. Very different from many Zins on the shelf, this one is pretty and elegant, with alcohol just under 14% and fresh, lively acidity. Classic Zin flavors of sweet strawberry and cassis are backed up by noticeable cedar and chili spices, with a medium body and lush tannins. The addition of 14% Sangiovese lifts the wine's acidity, softens the body, and adds a touch of tomato. It is versatile with many different foods, perfect with everything from Indian and Chinese cuisine to barbecue and pasta sauce. This biodynamically farmed Dry Creek beauty is delicious and affordable!

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2011 | Send Email
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This is a tricky one. I generally do not like California Zinfandels. As you can guess, mostly because of over-extraction and heaviness. This is one of the reasons that I like this latest effort from Mike and Lorraine Barber. It has the classic elements of California Zin with dark, black fruits and supple tannins. However, it branches off with lively acidity, red fruits and generous spice. It is also under 14% alcohol(!) and biodynamically produced, as well. What's not to like? Perfect with everything from barbecue to roasted meats, sharp chesses and tomato-based vegetarian fare. Simply yummy!

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8