his very fine reserve bottling of the La Collina vineyard high up in El Dorado County attains bright acid in every vintage, emphasizing the tart cherry flavors reminiscent of the Stella cherry. As usual, we had to wait for the high acids to subside before we could bring the wine into balance and the extra hang time helped to round out the mid-palate and develop the fine finish. Wonderful to experience now, this wine will develop beautifully over the next year and will easily stay vibrant for five years or more.
Vineyard: La Collina Vineyard
Appellation: El Dorado County
Composition: 100% Barbera
Harvest Date: September 2016
Aging: 16 Months
Production: 104 Cases
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine (Sept. 2018)
Spot-on in focus with a wealth of tart cherry and cranberry fruit joined by quiet touches of sweet spice and smoke. Due Vigne’s Reserve is an incisive, extremely well-defined, medium-bodied Barbera brimming with vibrancy. It is, in fact, still on the youthfully nervy side of things and is accordingly a wine that wants thoughtful pairing with food if drunk soon, but it shows great potential for age and is guaranteed to remain bright and vital for years to come.