Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tin Barn Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
The Tin Barn Vineyards, based in the high country of northern Sonoma County, California, is a relatively new winery. Established in 2000, it is run by two friends and is dedicated to the art of winemaking. The Tin Barn Vineyards is a member of a local wine collective called the "Eighth Street Wineries", consisting of themselves and other artisan winemakers.
This particular vintage was crushed and vinted in 2007, and just released this month (September, 2011), so I was pleased to be one of the first to try it outside of California. There were only 281 cases produced. The wine was aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels and has a high alcohol content.
The label itself is unassuming. It doesn't scream "buy me, I'm cool", instead it spoke in a clear voice that said "try me, I'm good". For once, the label was telling the truth. Expect to pay $16-$25 for a bottle, depending on your local distributor.
The simplicity of the label belies the complexity of the wine. It has a concentrated blend of clove, licorice and chocolate at first sip. Then you get a little bit of cigar box and leather. It's really quite tasty and rich. The finish is smooth and silky, with a hint of pepper and oak.
Tin Barn's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon would be a lovely wine to give as a gift to someone, share over steak or hearty pasta, or just sip on your back deck while you watch the sun set.