VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Barnett Vineyards is located at 2,000 feet elevation on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley, Fiona and Hal Barnett created a vineyard and winery specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. They released their first wine in 1989. Late in 2008, the Barnetts finished a 3,600 foot cave allowing barrel aging to be moved to the estate from the valley floor.
Limited amounts of Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are offered. Total production is 6,000 cases. The current winemaker is David Tate who comes to Barnett from Ridge where he as an assistant winemaker.
Pinot Noir grapes have been sourced from Savoy Vineyard and other vineyards in the Anderson Valley and the Tina Marie Vineyard in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. The wines are sold on the website with some retail distribution. The winery and vineyards are located at 4070 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena. The phone is 707-963-7075.
Articles About Barnett Vineyards
2007 Barnett Vineyards Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 414 cases, $46.50. · Moderately dark reddish-purple robe. Redder tones of fruit predominate in this impressive wine. Hi-tone cherries and raspberries on the nose with baking spice and coconut in the background. Discreet but charming flavors of cherries and red licorice with an appealing viscous texture, supple tannins, and admirable persistence on the finish. A purist may find this wine too fruity, even a little confected, but I enjoyed it immensely. Very fruit-forward and showy at this early stage. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2006 Barnett Vineyard Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 1180 cases, $34. Fiona and Hal Barnett founded their family estate on the top of Spring Mountain in 1983. This wine is sourced from the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley and is composed of Dijon clones. The winemaker is David Tate. · Medium reddish-purple color. Aromas of cherries, Asian spice and oak char. Cherry-driven flavors that are moderately mouth-filling. A lovely wine with charm but showing a bit too much oak for my taste. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »
2006 Barnett Vineyards Tina Maria Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 1,180 cases, $34. Fiona and Hal Barnett founded the family estate on the top of Spring Mountain in 1983. Tina Maria Vineyard is located in the Green Valley sub-AVA of the Russian River Valley and is planted to Dijon clones. The winemaker is David Tate. · Medium reddish-purple color. A lovely wine that is cherry-driven with prominent oak from beginning to end. Moderately mouth filling and nicely balanced, but a bit too much oak char for my taste. Reviewed November 2, 2008 ARTICLE »
2006 Barnett Vineyards Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 1180 cases, $40. Tina Maria Vineyard is in Green Valley, a sub AVA of the Russian River Valley, planted entirely to Dijon clones. · Complex aromatics dominated by blackberries and black raspberries complimented by herbs, hay, oak and barnyard. Juicy and succulent dark fruits with an oak sidecar running throughout. Rich and smooth in texture with integrated tannins. Well-crafted, easy to like and very approachable. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »
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