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Big Red of the Week: Barrel Blend
|*** Big RED of The Week ***
The Barrel Blend, Napa Valley Red, 2016, $28
– 91 points, James Suckling
41% Merlot, 14% Zinfandel, 13% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cellar Potential: The optimum drinking window is 2020-2026.
4% Petit Sirah, 3% Pinot Noir, 3% Grenache, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Mourvedre
and 1% Cabernet Franc Vineyards: Napa Valley
The 2016 Barrel Blend offers loads of kirsch and blackberry fruits as well
as complex spice and tobacco characteristics.
The 2016 Barrel Blend is big with full of up-front appeal. Enjoy this wine now
in order to get the most out of the wine’s succulence and vibrant fruit but cellar
for a more traditional complex and balanced experience.
This wine has the highest price-per-quality ratio in the Napa Valley,
and a case belongs in every cellar.
Alison Doran, Winemaker,