90 Points/ Wine & Spirits
The signature varietal that launched the BARRA of Mendocino brand in 1997, this petite sirah boasts grapes planted in the rich, red rock soils of the Barra’s Redwood Valley Vineyards home ranch, as well as the 50 acre hillside vineyard, Bella Collina, located high above the Ukiah valley in Mendocino County. Following the advice of Karl Wente and Louis Martini in the early 60’s, Charlie planted the petite sirah varietal, and continues to bottle limited quantities of this luscious, hearty wine.
96% of this petite sirah came from Bella Collina (which translates to “beautiful hill” in Italian) and 4% from our home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards. This wine draws you in with floral nuances of lavender, followed by hearty blackberry, earth, and tobacco notes that round out the nose. The complex yet elegant full-bodied palate consists of black plum, anise, and pomegranate, with subtle hints of toasted caramel and raw cocoa. This is a dense, richly layered wine that will lure you in from the first sip, and hold you captive all the way through the long, lengthy finish.
90 POINTS/Wine & Spirits Magazine December 2019