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TN: 2008 Cascade Cliffs Barbera Estate Grown (Columbia River, Oregon)

dinwiddie Dec 5, 2011 08:13 AM

Purchased in October during a visit to the winery.

Lovely dark purple, almost but not quite inky. Much lighter than one would think from the color. Probably should let this stay in the cellar for a couple of years to develop its full potential. Lovely flavors of black cherry, cassis, and raspberries. Nice acidity and balance. Went wonderfully with the linguini bolognese that my son made for dinner.

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    DavidT Dec 5, 2011 02:38 PM

    That is the first Barbera I have ever heard of coming from Oregon. Does anyone know of any others from Oregon? I seems like even the California wineries that used to produce Barbera are not producing much of it these days.

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      DavidT Dec 5, 2011 03:56 PM

      I seem to remember Louis Martini making a very drinkable Barbera, but it looks like they are not making it any more. Boeger and Renwood, both in the Sierra Foothillls, are the only California wineries of any size I know of that still make Barbera.

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        pamf Dec 5, 2011 04:07 PM

        Just google Amador County Barbera and you will find that a number of wineries make it. Amador is just a bit south of where Boeger is, probably at a somewhat lesser elevation.

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