TN: A Verdelho & Two Barberas...(short/boring)

Tried these three last night:

  1. Forlorn-Hope Verdelho RHV RorickVnyd/CalaverasCnty (14.51%; 43 cs) Murphys 2015: Light gold color; quite fragrant apple/apple blossom/floral/pear light chalky/stony really lovely perfumed nose; lightly tart/tangy strong floral/apple blossom/apple/pear some stony/mineral fairly rich/lush (for a F-H) balanced lovely flavor; very long/lingering strong floral/apple blossom/apple/pear some stony/mineral fairl rich lightly spicy/cardamon finish; a lovely expression w/ a good balance of fruit & minerality.

  1. Forlorn-Hope SanHercurmer della Frecce Barbera RorickVnyd/CalaverasCnty (14.30%; 149 cs) 2015: Med.dark color w/ some bricking; strong spicy/Barbera/pizza spices/Italian dried herbs/Italian sausage slight earthy very Piemonte-like Barbera rather fragrant nose; quite tart/tangy/some metallic somewhat earthy very classic Baarbera/dried Italian herbs/rather spicy bit hard/tannic flavor w/ ample tangy tannins; very long/lingering some earthy/dusty very spicy/classic Barbera/dried Italian herbs rather hard/lean/tannic finish w/ ample hard tannins; a very Piemonte-like expression of Calif Barbera; needs 3-6 yrs.

  1. Antonio & Raimondo Barbera DOC: Piemonte (13%; CommercialBrands/LongIslandCity/NY) 2019: Rather dark color; rather earthy/dusty/OV quite fragrant very spicy Barbera/Italian dried herbs quite floral/lilacs almost Nebb-like aromatic lovely perfumed nose; quite tart/tangy/bit acid very floral/lilacs/violets Barbera/dried herbs/very spicy slight earthy/dusty/OV flavors w/ light bracing tannins; very long/linger rather floral/lilacs/violets some Barbera/dried herbs rather tart finish w/ light tangy tannins; quite a lovely fairly drinkable Barbera that will benefit from a fwe yrs of age; very well-priced at $15.00 (PrimaIlC)

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. Verdelho is, of course, the grape of the island of Madeira, where it makes a fortified wine. It was planted extensively in the late 1800’s in AmadorCnty because of its heat-loving character. Alas, there doesn’t seem to be much of these old plantings remaining in Amador. The Silvaspoons planting in Lodi is one of the highly regarded plantings in Calif.

  1. Barberas: The Piemonte Barbera was actually more Calif Barbera in character than the F-H because of the floral aromatics. From a producer I’ve never had before. The F-H was more Piemonte in character & one of the best Barberas from Matt I can recall.