2009 Barber Cellars "Lo Scuro" Sonoma County Red Blend

SKU #1074743 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* Lots of pepper and spice in this dry, briary red blend. Could be Zinfandel, except it’s not. The components are Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A good value for a wine this complex and delicious.  (12/2011)

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Barber Cellars marries two of the greatest Sonoma County vineyards in this very unique California wine. It is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot from Gundlach Bundschu, one of the oldest family run vineyards in California, with 40% Sangiovese from Unti, a remarkable Dry Creek producer. The result is a very elegant and interesting wine. "Lo Scuro," or "the darkness" in Italian, is a rich and soft Super Tuscan-inspired red with deep and brooding flavors of dark cherry, plum, and toasted oak. Sangiovese dominates the palate and softens the wine, offering very delicate and lush tannins and notes of tomato, dust, and raspberry.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2012 | Send Email
Credit given where it is earned, and Barber Cellars continues to fashion superlative, challenging red blends from select sites throughout northern California. This bottle is infused with captivating, distinctive flavors of blackberry, red currants, espresso, dried leaves, and savory pomegranate, delivering wonderful complexity with graceful acidity. Try it with your favorite lasagna dish, you will be richly rewarded.
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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 (%): 14