Naumes Family Vineyards, Rogue Valley (Oregon) Barbera 2018

($35):  Barbera, the workhorse grape of Piedmont, is a good “go-to” red wine for Italian food because of its racy acidity and energy.  It’s great to see credible renditions appearing in this side of the Atlantic.  Naumes’ 2018 Barbera, similar to its 2017, is far more than credible. It is a delight to drink.  This balanced wine is ripe, especially compared to an Italian version, but not jammy.  Its suave texture allows its clean red fruit-like flavors to shine.  The grape’s natural acidity keeps the wine lively throughout the meal.  It’s a stylish Barbera.
93 Michael Apstein Mar 30, 2021