Idlewild Fox Hill Vineyard Barbera 2013

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The 2013 Barbera Fox Hill Vineyard is another terrific wine, with a little more opulence and obvious ripeness than the other wines in the range. The inclusion of 100% whole clusters, unusual with Barbera, adds considerable nuance and structure. Dark cherry, plum, spice and licorice meld into the radiant finish. ANTONIO GALLONI, www.vinousmedia.com

Barbera is all acid and no tannin... literally, there is next to no tannin in the skins. With this in mind, we used whole clusters to help balance the lively acidity and to add a spicy dimension to the wine. This created a contrast of freshness and hardiness that is enticing. The grapes were left as whole clusters, tread, and left to slowly ferment. Ten months elevage in neutral barrels gave time for integration and settling. 200 cases produced... This Barbera shows the savory side of the grape. Macerated black cherries and plums make up the fruit profile, while undertones of rosemary, thyme, minerals, and balsamic add complexity. The mouth is rich and filling though with plenty of acidity and grippy tannin for structure. The contrast of freshness and hardiness is enticing. IDLEWILD

Fox Hill Vineyard is this beautiful yet rugged looking mosaic of smaller vineyards tucked away up the back of Mendocino, California, and more or less looked after by winemaker Sam Bilbro. There’s a collection of Italian grape varieties on it that he works with. Here’s barbera.
Near leaps out of the glass with this curious vitality. Sniffs of black cherry, fennel, pot pourri, tar, boot polish, sweet leather. Dig it. Palate is juicy yet dusty. Not sure how that works, but has this schizophrenic and wonderful energy that shifts from juice to tannin and to acid and repeat. It’s a mesh of just-ripe fruit, herbs, spice, stony tannins and amaro. Bloody unreal drinking. MIKE BENNIE