Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A trip to SF.

Giulin, Accornero, Monferrato, 2006.

100% Barbera. 

This wine came from a shop called Prima Palate in Marin County for $28, and so far we haven't been able to find it in LA, but it was super delicious and worth keeping an eye out for in the future. 

We drank this on the third evening we were in Napa the week of the MW Exam. But even though I was drowning my sorrows, I recognize a good Barbera when I drink one. My big beef about Barbera is that the affordable ones are often done in tank and taste very, well, "tanky", just meanign that they have tons of primary fruit and not a whole lot else going on. Though I could find very little info about this wine online in English, it definitely had some barrel influence and the fruit was well integrated with the alcohol and the oak and soft tannins. A really beautiful easy drinking wine. 

So next time you're in the SF surrounding areas, go by Prima Palate and pick up a bottle!!


Ian Johnson said...

I love their Grignolino.

Amy said...

I have no idea what Grignolino is! And until Peter brought home this bottle, I had not heard of this producer... Am I out of the loop or what??!

Ian Johnson said...

No, your not out of the loop. It's another wine that I've sold here in Charleston. I think Accornero is brought in through Montecastelli in New York. They have a close relationship with an importer in San Fran.
Grignolino is a very thin skinned grape. Produces wines high in acid and pale like rose. At their best they can be sublime.