Thursday, April 5, 2012

Buzzard Tree, Barbera '05 $11

Paso Robles, CA

To find a 2005 vintage today, for under $30 is a bit difficult and to be honest, I was surprised finding this wine. I was even more surprised how amazing it was for this price point! It drank so smooth with subtle tannins, fragrant aromas and yummy flavors as well.

On the nose it first seemed peppery yet that diminished after 10 minutes in the glass. Dark cherries with hints of dried herbs and subtle floral blended perfectly. With a medium body the flavors of warm dark berries and toast balanced nicely. It almost gave me a subtle flavor of baked bread but I guess that's not so appropriate in the wine tasting dictionary...or is it?

The wine has 5% Cab. Sauv. and is aged in French oak for 24 months. The finish was silky smooth showing soft tannins and overall a very pleasing tone on the tongue. This paired excellent with a homemade pasta and smoked Roma tomato marinara I made. Drink now as I'm guessing it's at it's peak. Thanks again to my friends at the Wine Barn for the recommendation.

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