Here is another “delicious” red varietal wine from Macchia Wines’ 2013 vintage roster. (This follows our recent review of Macchia’s 2013 “Dubious” Petite Sirah — 93 Points — which you can revisit at the link: Dubious) This is a rich, full-bodied, and quite burly Barbera that bears only faint resemblance to its (typically) leaner Italian counterparts. This delivers suggestions of dried black cherry, mission fig, and wood smoke on the nose; and on the palate, notions of dark fruit compote, toasted hazelnut, and sweet cured tobacco — all wrapped in accents of buttered plum, tarragon, and toasty oak over a tart, flinty finish. Tannins are mild, acidity is lively, and the oak is well integrated. This is a flavorful, mouth-warming wine that will serve well — and with appreciable versatility — as cooler temperatures approach. Serve it with medium-sharp cheeses, cured meats, roasted pork, stuffed mushrooms, tomato-based pasta dishes, braised rabbit, and other such hearty fare. (15.4% ABV)
Availability: Macchia crafts Barbera and its other wines in fairly small lots, and national distribution is limited. We found the 2013 “Delicious” at our local Total Wine store, and it is available at many Total Wine locations nationwide. Visit them virtually at www.totalwine.com for availability in your area. For more information on Macchia Wines, visit them virtually at www.macchiawines.com or in person at the winery in Acampo, California, just north of Lodi and roughly 30 miles southeast of Sacramento.