Calistoga, Napa Valley
We have a wine club member to thank for this wine find, so shout out to Joy for introducing us to Barlow! This family winery has been owned and operated by the Smiths since 1994. We first met with Zach Smith earlier this year and fell in love with his Merlot ($45), but he had mentioned they had a Petit Verdot that was almost ready to be bottled that piqued our interest. Well, it’s safe to say we loved it, so pour yourself a glass and I’ll tell you the story behind the wine.
Barlow Vineyards is located in Calistoga, Napa Valley. They started their winery by making a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon intended to be just for family and friends. They quickly sold out of those 25 cases and have since grown to 1500 cases a year. They grow all Bordeaux varietals and have some tasty single varietal wines like Merlot and Cabernet, but also make a Zinfandel and Red Blend. It was tough choosing our favorite wine out of their line up!
Unfortunately, Barlow was in the path of the devastating Glass Fire this year. Zach and his dad defended the estate with buckets of water and hoses. Although the vineyards themselves didn’t experience very much damage, the facility where they made their wine lost power and their 2020 vintage was lost. We’re trying our best to support the wineries affected by the fires, so we hope you love this wine just as much as we do and order more.
Only 50 cases were made of the 2017 Petit Verdot and it scored 92 points from James Suckling. “ A fresh, vivid red with floral and citrus aromas and flavors to the blue fruit and spices. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now or hold.” Petit Verdot is a BIG wine, it’s usually blended in with Cabernet to give it a strong backbone. If you want to pair this with food, you need something that will hold up next to the wine. Think along the lines of lamb chops, roasted pork, or braised short ribs.
Taylor Morgan – January 2021