2011 Scott Harvey J&S Reserve Barbera, Amador County 1.5 Liter
A blend of the Manby Vineyard, Toy Vineyard and Golden Vineyard of the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, with a touch of Napa Valley Petite Sirah thrown in. Amador County is extremely well suited to Barbera. Barbera both buds out earlier and ripens later than Zinfandel producing grapes at lower pH and full bright varietal fruit. Barbera will eventually become known as the best variety for Amador County.
All three Barbera vineyards produce small bunches of grapes with high extraction and a perfect pH giving way to flavors that produce world class Barbera. Fruit forward, rich full flavors expressing both the varietal and the Amador Terroir. This complex wine has notes of cherries, pepper and blackberry with a bright center finishing with vanilla and spice.