Naumes Family Vineyards, Rogue Valley (Oregon) “Triolet 2018

($40):  A blend of Barbera (60%) and equal parts Malbec and Grenache, Triolet makes a fascinating contrast to Naumes’ straight Barbera. This wine delivers with more power with less focus.  Unsurprisingly, given the inclusion of Malbec, it’s more muscular, with smokey nuances.  Thankfully, the Naumes signature balance remains.  Those who prefer sleek and racy wines will gravitate to Naumes’ Barbera, leaving the beefier Triolet to those looking for more oomph.  Fortunately, you can’t go wrong with either.
93 Michael Apstein Mar 30, 2021