Barbera, Sandhill, Small Lots Program 10 Barrels, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2009, 15% abv, $30

Boasting they have the only Barbera grown in Canada, Sandhill has produced a few vintages of this Italian varietal for BC red wine drinkers.

I wanted to have something not too tannic and a little fruity for the meatballs, so turned to this single vineyard, small lot wine (432 cases produced).

Barbera is usually a fairly uncomplicated wine, and as such it worked well with the meatballs and rice – the moderate acidity accompanying the tomato sauce.

Dark ruby red core, it had marked legs and a thick light ruby rim.  With medium acidity and nicely integrated tannins, it has aromas and flavour characteristics of ripe Italian prune plum and purple Byng cherries.

The wine sports an average finish and is WSET Good.  Enjoy now, not meant for further aging.


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