This 100% Barbera from Alder Ridge grapes is still pulling itself together. The aromas are laced with vanilla from the barrel aging, and the fruit is still sharp and acidic. But scents of violets and flavors of raspberry candy, along with white chocolate, show that all the components are in place for a interesting wine from a rarely seen varietal.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.