Barrett & Barrett Wine
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon | Calistoga, Napa Valley
Barrett and Barrett, two renowned & distinct wine stylists working together, finally, is really what this wine is all about. The result is a handcrafted, limited edition Napa Valley wine that reflects our two different, yet complementary, winemaking styles. Only 300 cases were produced.
Bo is responsible for "farming for flavor" throughout the growing season. Bo’s experience growing Cabernet in these Calistoga vineyards since 1973 draws upon decades of experience to get the grapes to their maximum potential for each harvest. Whether it’s a very hot vintage or a slow cool one, after 35 years Bo has probably seen it before and knows how to get the grapes ready for the vintage. Once we get into harvest, we pretty much agree on the style we are going for reflecting the weather and growing season.
The 2008 growing season for our Calistoga Cabernet felt the impacts of spring frost, followed by bloom period heat waves. Both of these weather events gave us very low yields right from the beginning. Later the summer ripening season also produced typically warm to hot weather. So 2008 was destined from the start to be a showy intense light crop vintage. During ageing the wine exhibited the concentration of the vintage thus we determined it needed extra time in barrels, so it was bottled after the 2010 vintage. We like to say a month in the barrel replaces a year in the bottle, and we didn’t want to wait a few extra years to bring out the first vintage of our new wine.
Our inaugural release of Barrett & Barrett is deep ruby in color with aromas of red currants, blackberry, plum, 5-spice and an exotic floral note. The flavors and mouth feel definitely have the "wow" factor. Amazing density, ripeness and finesse, flavors are layered black fruits-berry, cherry, plum with refined textural tannins difficult to achieve. French oak adds nuance without overpowering this very luxurious Napa Valley Estate Cabernet. This wine brings together the best joint efforts of this husband and wife winemaking team and we proudly share it with you.
In the end, the wine shows both of our signatures, as reflected on the label. The wine displays perfect balance and polish through Heidi's winemaking methods, and the distinctive vineyard-driven core that Bo is known for. It is truly a collaboration of our years of experience, and it shows in the glass.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is impeccable from start to finish. It reveals gorgeous, well-delineated aromatics and expressive dark red fruit. Tobacco, spices, leather and licorice are some of the nuances that develop in the glass. This is a gorgeous, beautifully balanced wine made in an accessible, fruit-forward style. It should drink well for the next decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023."
- Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #198, December 2011