- Producer: Barrett & Barrett - read about the Estate
- Winemakers: Heidi Barrett & Bo Barrett
- Region (AVA): Napa (Calistoga)
- Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 300 cases
- Winery location: Calistoga
- Owners: Heidi Barrett & Bo Barrett
- First vintage: 2008
- Drinking window: 2020-2040
About The Wine:
Heidi and Bo hand select small sections of the very best grapes from their Calistoga vineyards, vine by vine. With 20 years of experience growing Cab at this vineyard, they know the most unique and special areas, which have the lowest yields, tiny berries & stressed vines to create the super-selected wine they desire. The winemaking in the vineyard comes down to their personal selection of each vine and is carried through to impeccable detail in the winemaking.
2015 was the last year of the infamous California drought, and was the vintage where the drought's cumulative effects were most apparent. The vineyards performed well in the warm 2015 season, the third dry year in a row; however, they had an unusually early harvest and much lower crop levels. The Cabernet for the Barrett & Barrett is located on steeper and exposed hillside vineyards, bringing a slightly early harvest, August 28th-September 8th. These hand selected blocks showed the super concentration and tiny berries expected from an extraordinarily dry year. 2015 will be noted for having extremely concentrated, flavourful wines grown under very dry, low-yielding conditions, and is expected to be a very popular vintage for collectors due to the intense structure and powerful flavors of these wines.
Barrett & Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
“The same 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc from their estate vineyard in Calistoga, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a similar bouquet of blackcurrants, toasted spices, smoke tobacco, and lead pencil, and despite coming from a hotter vintage than 2014, it has a slightly more Bordeaux’ish (Pauillac even) bouquet. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and layered on the palate, it has good acidity, notable tannic structure, and a great finish. A more classic, focused, structured wine than the more opulent 2014, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will shine over the following two decades."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar. 2019)