2017 Linsteadt Barbera
Displaying bright, yet ripe, blueberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of spice, and just the right amount of acid to make it all balance, this offering is a perfect example of what makes Sierra foothill Barberas so exceptional.
"As pure in its display of Barbera fruit as any example in memory, Noceto's 2017 Linsteadt rendition is, quite simply, a beautifully made wine. It is optimally ripe and not a whit more than needs to be with a judicious veneer of sweet oak set atop its very deep, red-berry fruit, and it exhibits superb balance and a lengthy finish that seems to extend a bit more with each sip. "Classy" is a term that rarely comes to mind when thinking about Barbera, but very classy this one is, and those open to expanding their vinous horizons beyond the usual are highly encouraged to seek a few bottles out. It is that good." 2 PUFFS | GOOD VALUE | 91 points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (10/2021)
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