Noticeably dark, rich color for Barbera. Smells like Barbera: sun-soaked wild thyme, white pepper, raspberry/wild red cherry, plums. Lots of berry flavors with bits of orange zest, that peppery spice and black olive. Where “real” Barbera can get bitter on the finish, not the case here. It’s more cherry and plum skins and dry Provence and Italian herbs. Acid and fine tannins are healthy, giving the wine a firm “punch.” This is one of the best California Barberas I’ve ever had!
Edaphos is one of the wines made by Ernest Vineyards. They are quite new – 2014 is their first vintage. This Barbera was part of my first tasting of the Ernest Vineyard wines. I like them a lot. The Barbera is from a volcanic, hillside vineyard in the Moon Mountain sub-AVA of Sonoma Valley. Here are all the wines I reviewed from Ernest Vineyards.
By Edward Lee: Charming purple magenta, inviting notes of dark cherry, plum, fig laden with spices: pepper, thyme, and sage. Appears rich at first, balanced by a juicy freshness, very soft tannin and a satisfying finish.