Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Our 2011 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year continues to prove its among the best in the region. This Barbera comes from the estate Cockburn Vineyard at the base of the Blue Mountains on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. Winemaker Doug Nierman blended 15 percent Sangiovese for complexity. It kicks off with aromas of coffee, chocolate and strawberry notes, following through with flavors of dark chocolate, raspberry and strawberry, all backed with beautiful richness on the midpalate and a wonderfully silky mouth feel. (14.6 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 307
Food matches: Lasagna, oven-roasted chicken, pork loin and lamb chops would pair well with this delicious red wine.
Zerba Cellars, 85530 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater, 541-938-9463, www.zerbacellars.com