Jim Barbour was raised on his family ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of framing, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success. After graduating from UC Davis, Jim returned to Napa to begin a career that would lead him to become one of Napa Valley’s most sought-after and successful viticulturists. He has been dedicated to his craft, producing premium wine grapes using traditional and contemporary hand-farming methods. Jim has planted and managed many prominent vineyards in the valley, including Hundred Acre, Checkerboard, Blankiet, Revana, Gandona Estate, The Vineyardist, Keever, Pillar Rock, DR Stephens, Husic, Grace Family, and more. In 1992 he planted his own vineyard and in 1995 produced his first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon of just 50 cases.
His winemaker is no other than Celia Welch A.K.A. “Miss 100 Points”, known for her great skills putting wineries on the map of success. Her list is long, but in case you didn’t know – Scarecrow, Corra, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Lindstrom, Rewa, Castiel, etc. She took over from the “other” 100 point winemaker, Heidi Barrett and the rest… is history!
Barbour 2019 “Estate” Cabernet, Napa Valley
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The Barbour Estate Cabernet is amazingly opulent from start to finish. The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, anise, mocha and chocolate jump out of the glass on impact. This full-bodied wine is loaded with generously layered dark berry, plum, chocolate and exotic spices that tickle the lush concentrated palate. A MUST HAVE WINE 4 THE CELLAR!
Barbour Vineyard in St. Helena always seems to yield spectacular fruit with a very lifted, slightly perfumed flair to the purple boysenberry and blackberry notes. The 2019 Cabernet seems to emphasize those lifted, aromatic qualities even more intensely. In addition to the purple fruit, notes of plum, chocolate, and dark cocoa show off this youngest’s complexity. The mouthfeel is full, fruit-forward and elegant, with approachable tannins and just enough grip to lend weight to the core. The finish echoes the aroma, with forward, juicy fruit notes.
Celia Welch Notes: “Harvested by-hand from grapes grown on our dry-farmed vineyard, the 2019 vintage of Barbour Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of cassis, cherry and plum hints of sweet cocoa, black currant. The palate is expansive and full with present but approachable tannins with a silky, but seductive quality. The wine is loaded with dark fruit flavors that dominate throughout, leading into a lengthy finish.”