Friday, August 8, 2008

2003 Laughing Raven Reserva Barbera

Todays wine was received as a sample from My Wines Direct. I'd never heard of them before one of their reps contacted me about sending the sample.

I checked out their website and found a lot of wines that I had never heard of before - but then that's not saying much! I did notice that the site appears very user-friendly and has a good selection of varieties available.

I received two sample bottles; I'll review this first one today so as to stretch out my blog and give me two posts instead of one. I have to say that I was rather skeptical of this wine since there is nothing on Cellar Tracker about it, and only one wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, is listed for the winery.

Well, I was very pleasantly surprised. Here's my notes:

It had a nice dark color. The nose was initially minerals and fruit and with extended air developed a bit of earth and barnyard character that I felt added to the wine since it was subtle rather than prominent. On the palate there were more minerals and bright fruit with a slight citrus and peach quality as well. Maybe it was the juicy acidity? Along with this were tastes of cedar and powdered chocolate and the texture also made me think of sand on the beach.

I liked this wine for its balance, good fruit and also the juicy mouthfeel that would make it a good food wine. It is listed for $21.99 on the website and is comparable to other good wines I've had at that price point. This one gets two thumbs up and continues my string of drinking some really nice wines.

Here's the matching YouTube video (click here if you don't see it below):

Here's the link to the CD at Skylark

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