2021 Trader Joe’s Petite Reserve Paso Robles Barbera

Dark, dense purple color.

Aromas include a chocolate brownie, dark cherries, oak, leather.

Flavors warm, thick, almost sweet dark fruit at the beginning.

Finish the dark fruit is hiding something more vegatative. As the fruit disapears, something bitter or astringent like rhubard starts to come out. It intensifies, then eases off slowly.

It’s quite good, but tastes a lot like a typical Paso Robles Syrah rather than a Barbera. Don’t take my note in the last paragraph as a negative, but rather as a sign that this is a Barbera. I actually wish that I had a Trader Joe’s Paso Robles Syrah to compare it to.

I would buy this again.