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93 • Shenandoah Vineyards 2009 Rezerve, Barbera, Amador County $24.
Aromas of choke cherry butter, chocolate mousse, and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, raspberry, craisin and clay accented finish. Stylish and flavorful. (tasted on May-21-2012)
90 • Sobon 2010 Barbera, Amador County $14. Best Buy.
Aromas of candle wax, pressed flowers, and raspberry coulis with a juicy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, complex, green tomato, kumquat, green apple, and earth accented finish. A very zesty, mouthwatering barbera that will triumph at the table. (tasted on May-21-2012)
89 • Scott Harvey 2009 J & S Reserve, Barbera, Amador County $32.
Garnet color. Aromas of coconut custard, berry compote,and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an elegant dried berry, spiced pear, and a pepper accented finish with mild tannins. A very pure US barbera (tasted on May-21-2012)
88 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009 Barbera, Yolo County $21.
Lively aromas of prune, sour cherry, and pickled pepper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, marinated tomato and citrus accented finish. Fun with a lively sense of balance and place. (tasted on May-21-2012)
86 • Scott Harvey 2009 Mountain Selection, Barbera, Amador County $20.
Aromas of vanilla nougat, lingonberries, and leafy earth with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a raisin, plum skin, spiced apple, tea, and cocoa finish. (tasted on May-21-2012)
84 • Perry Creek 2010 "Altitude: 2401", Amorata, Barbera, El Dorado $19.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of yeasty pastry dough, blackberry yogurt, and nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chocolate malt shake, spiced apple, and pepper finish. (tasted on May-21-2012)