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Barbour Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2015

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CWA97

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $155.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“This new 2015 Barbour is an opulent thrill ride that offers a glorious crescendo of sumptuous fruit, harmonious balance and profound depth of flavor. Deliciously ripe black cherries, blackberry compote, toasted pecan and sage. Expansive on the palate with silky smooth tannins, it shows waves of fresh red and black fruit, and semi-sweet cocoa, culminating in a captivating finish. Remarkably distinguished now and will continue to deliver immense enjoyment through 2025.” - California Wine Advisors

BACKGROUND
Celia Welch is one of the most acclaimed winemakers in Napa today. She’s most famous for her craftsmanship of the ‘Cult’ Cabernet Scarecrow, which has garnered multiple “Perfect 100” point ratings (Robert Parker) and recently sold for more than $4,000 per bottle (seriously!) at the Premier Napa Valley barrel auction. 

Celia’s parents were avid wine collectors and at-home winemakers in Medford, Oregon, where her training in wine appreciation and the basics of winemaking began. Celia realized early on that professional winemaking would allow her to combine her fascination for flavors and aromas with her interest in science and her love for the rural lifestyle. She enrolled in the Enology program at the University of California at Davis and earned her B.S. in Fermentation Science in 1982. 

To further her winemaking education, Celia traveled throughout the winegrowing regions of the northwestern and eastern United States, and in New Zealand and Australia, where she worked in the vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Upon returning to the States, she settled in Napa Valley. 

After several years assisting in wine production on Mt. Veeder and in the Carneros region, she joined Silverado Vineyards to design, implement and supervise a quality control program. Three years later she became assistant winemaker at Robert Pepi winery and soon after began consulting for Staglin Family Vineyard, a small, ultrapremium Cabernet Sauvignon producer. In 1995 Celia decided to pursue her consulting career full time. She has been an independent winemaker ever since for a limited selection of Napa Valley clients.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“This new 2015 Barbour is an opulent thrill ride that offers a glorious crescendo of sumptuous fruit, harmonious balance and profound depth of flavor. Deliciously ripe black cherries, blackberry compote, toasted pecan and sage. Expansive on the palate with silky smooth tannins, it shows waves of fresh red and black fruit, and semi-sweet cocoa, culminating in a captivating finish. Remarkably distinguished now and will continue to deliver immense enjoyment through 2025.” - California Wine Advisors

BACKGROUND
Celia Welch is one of the most acclaimed winemakers in Napa today. She’s most famous for her craftsmanship of the ‘Cult’ Cabernet Scarecrow, which has garnered multiple “Perfect 100” point ratings (Robert Parker) and recently sold for more than $4,000 per bottle (seriously!) at the Premier Napa Valley barrel auction. 

Celia’s parents were avid wine collectors and at-home winemakers in Medford, Oregon, where her training in wine appreciation and the basics of winemaking began. Celia realized early on that professional winemaking would allow her to combine her fascination for flavors and aromas with her interest in science and her love for the rural lifestyle. She enrolled in the Enology program at the University of California at Davis and earned her B.S. in Fermentation Science in 1982. 

To further her winemaking education, Celia traveled throughout the winegrowing regions of the northwestern and eastern United States, and in New Zealand and Australia, where she worked in the vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Upon returning to the States, she settled in Napa Valley. 

After several years assisting in wine production on Mt. Veeder and in the Carneros region, she joined Silverado Vineyards to design, implement and supervise a quality control program. Three years later she became assistant winemaker at Robert Pepi winery and soon after began consulting for Staglin Family Vineyard, a small, ultrapremium Cabernet Sauvignon producer. In 1995 Celia decided to pursue her consulting career full time. She has been an independent winemaker ever since for a limited selection of Napa Valley clients.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Barbour Vineyards

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Napa Valley