College Cellars 2012 Barbera, Ruby Port Style

College Cellars 2012 Barbera dessert wine - Ruby Port Style.
College Cellars 2012 Barbera dessert wine – Ruby Port Style.

I am feeling pretty good right now, have a final assignment in my irrigation class done to be turned in tomorrow afternoon and I found out my final grade for my soil fertility class which I am quite satisfied with.  There are still two classes to study for exams, but I am over half way through my finals, putting me ever so close to successfully completing my 24 credits of Winter Quarter 2014.

For a change of pace I opened a dessert wine; I am not needing to be up before the sun to make it to class, so I can afford to splurge on the alcohol level in my glass.  College Cellars is WWCC’s winery, where I spent so much time last fall.  The 2012 Barbera is from Ciel du Cheval, a Red Mountain AVA vineyard known for its very warm growing season.

College Cellars 2012 Ruby Port Style Barbera Dessert Wine
College Cellars 2012 Ruby Port Style Barbera Dessert Wine

It took a little while for the nose to open up, but it was worth the wait for the black cherry aroma – the flavor was there right away.  With 18.9% ABV it has more than enough alcohol.

Each year there is a release of a barrel of the ruby port style wine, while another barrel is blended with previous years in anticipation of a tawny port style dessert wine; another year or two and there will be a first release.

Less noticeable on the radar, but the College Cellar wines are most definitely Washington Wines – check out the website (we ship).

Happy St Patrick’s Day my friends, I will return to my books for another couple of days.

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