Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera
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@ddeuddeg Lab Rat Reporting very drinkable now, should age well 5+ years At this price, anyone who enjoys a smooth, versatile dry red wine should be considering a case.
@bahwm meanwhile, polls 6 other tasters for this Lab Rat Report This vintage is a nice quaffing wine, made by Winemaker Mollie Haycock. All in all, we had 100% positive feedback!
@ScottHarveyWine and Mollie with a Note from the Vintner on blending We get Barbera from 5 different vineyards which gives us a lot to play with when putting together the Mt. Selection.
2020 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera, Amador County
$360.00/Case for 12x 2020 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera, Amador County at Scott Harvey Wines
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2020 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera
4 bottles for $64.99 $16.25/bottle + $2/bottle shipping
Case of 12 for $169.99 $14.17/bottle + $1/bottle shipping
@klezman Copy that. (Details below)
Auto buy. I don’t know where I will put it. I think new storage in the near future.
How much more are you saving by buying a full case?
(Note: tax and shipping are not included in savings calculations).
2020 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera - $25 = 12.81%
At the end of a very busy week with two long choir rehearsals and two services with two more to go, it was a real treat to head into the UPS Depot and find a bottle of 2020 Scott Harvey Barbera waiting for me. Unfortunately, the weekend was pretty well planned out, meal-wise, but Easter Sunday dinner at a friend’s place with a few other friends offered a possibility. So off we went with the bottle, thinking we might get some extra opinions free of charge.
We gave the bottle a bit of time to breathe a little, then poured samples for everyone (7 of us). It wouldn’t have been my first choice with ham, but oh well. My first impression, a beautiful deep dark burgundy color in the glass, an aroma of dark fruits on the nose. I’d say cassis. I took a sip and got more of the same. This is a big wine, nice and robust, but it didn’t seem like it overwhelmed the meal the way I kind of expected. Knowing our friend Priscilla to be strictly a white wine drinker by choice, I especially enjoyed her reaction: “Ooooh, this is nice.” It turned out she agreed with my assessment of the main flavor component I picked up on. Everyone liked the wine, but I didn’t think to ask how they thought it might compare price-wise to the wines they’re used to drinking. Gary, the host, is a big Pinot Noir fan, and he really liked his sample, so we’re convinced we have a winner.
Full disclosure: I’m a wine club member, have been one long enough to enjoy free shipping on my club shipments. In fact, purely by coincidence, a couple of weeks ago, I pulled a bottle of this same wine from our latest shipment to drink with a pepperoni and cheese pizza, thinking it would go well. I can’t put my finger on why, but it turned out to be not the best pairing. I didn’t keep detailed notes; I hardly ever do with wines we drink with meals at home. However, I think I’d rather drink it with a nicer meal. Grilled pork chops would probably love it, and vice versa.
At this price, anyone who enjoys a smooth, versatile dry red wine should be considering a case. Four bottles should be an autobuy. Based on our experience with previous vintages, it should age well: it’s very drinkable now, but I would expect it to improve over the next few years, and be very enjoyable at least five years down the road.
Late last week ddeuddeg got the coveted email that a bottle was coming our way! We managed to get it on Friday and were thrilled to find that it was a 2020 Scott Harvey Amador County Mountain Selection Barbera. We do love Scott Harvey wines. However, we realized that it was going to be difficult to do a tasting with this due to the limited timeframe and plans that we already had for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and launch being Sunday night!
Somehow, a Barbera just doesn’t go with our planned Friday Fish Fry including breaded cod, fries, and house made cole slaw. Saturday, we were having our somewhat traditional Polish meal the night before Easter including cheese pierogi, fresh and smoked Polish sausage with marjoram, horseradish, baked kapusta (sauerkraut with sautéed mushrooms and caraway seed), rye bread, and asparagus. Again, a no go for a Barbera, a nice acidic Riesling, oh yeah! Easter Sunday we were heading to dinner at a friend’s home and didn’t really know what the menu would be. ddeuddeg checked with our host and explained that we needed to taste this wine and write up a report by Sunday evening. Gary was good with this—he’s always willing to try a new wine—including, as we found out later, a varietal with which he was not familiar! The other guests enjoy wine, but do not necessarily know a lot about it, and two of them were hesitant to try it—but they eventually did!
The afternoon started with some appetizers and bubbly, with a lot of time spent catching up. Gary did the honors of opening the bottle and poured the first taste. He sniffed it and pronounced that “It smells nice.” We cautioned him to not share too much lest his observations color everybody else’s opinions. Later, Gary shared that it was fruity, light, nice, good. He poured a tasting portion in a glass for me. The wine was dark red in color and sooo fruity on the nose! Upon tasting, I got a lot of bright red cherries on the palate. It was like a sweet cherry exploded in my mouth! There were more flavors, but I can’t pin them down, maybe some peppery notes. It is not in the least bit jammy. It is definitely a dry red that is very pleasant and well-balanced at 14.9% alc with a long finish. It paired well with the baked ham dinner. This vintage is a nice quaffing wine, made by Winemaker Mollie Haycock.
I was taking notes on my phone while our friends gave their impressions. On to other tasters: Ed said, “It’s a nice wine. It”s good. Priscilla, who usually prefers whites, said “Oooo, I like this! It’s dry. Maybe black currants?” Linda said it was “Nice.” EJ, who was hesitant to try it, thought it was good. ddeuddeg never really did share his thoughts on the wine. Oops! Not even on the way home! But he already posted his review earlier and, I’m sure gave more detail than what he would have said at the table! I haven’t read it yet. All in all, we had 100% positive feedback!
We are seriously considering getting a case and cellaring a few bottles for a few years. It’s possible that we will be able to split some of the case with our friends.
WineDavid, you’re killing us this month! Scott, thank you for offering this wine to us!
This is one of my favorite wines that Scott makes! Now to decide 4 bottles or a case?
@mommadeb Gotta love the case price!!!
I couldn’t resist. Got a case
So for some reason The Mamas and The Papas popped into my head and I’m humming Monday Monday…kind of scary huh? Hang on, think I need some caffeine…ok better…
90 Points. This easily enjoyable wine offers notes of rose and violet florals, cranberry, strawberry, rhubarb, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of wood. Excellent elevated acidity ensures freshness from start to finish, while medium tannins gently coat the palate. SB 3/1/23
And Mr Wilfred says:
90 Points. COMMENTARY: The 2020 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera is bright and sassy, like the way this grape variety should be. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of boysenberries and other tart berries. Enjoy its freshness with well-seasoned roasted Porchetta. (Tasted: February 12, 2023, San Francisco, CA)
Reverse Wine Snob offered a mixed pack Jan '23, this along with the '19 Zin. 4 pack was $69.99:
The still young 2020 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera compares favorably to the 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages we previously offered. It opens with jammy black cherry, lots of blackberry, raspberry, a little cola, touches of vanilla and baking spice and even a bit of a brambly note. It’s quite lovely and very aromatic and only gets more so with time in the glass.
Tasting unleashes plenty of juicy, fruity deliciousness in your mouth as you are accustomed to with this wine, but perhaps offers a bit better balance than those previous vintages. Featuring well-integrated baking spice notes, there are also notes of candied cherry and blackberry although the wine has almost no residual sugar (less than 2 grams per liter). This is not even close to a sweet wine, but it does have many sweet flavors.
Really smooth and with bright acidity, it is at its best after a couple hours of air and was even better on day 2.
It ends dry with long lasting sweet fruit notes. While it’s totally delicious right now, it’s easily got another 10-15 years of aging ability so there’s really no reason not to stock up at this price. So good once again, we love this wine!
This was offered here on casemates as part of a mixed offer Nov '22
This is an autobuy for me. But I really, really, really do have too much wine already…
I also have way to much wine. But Scott Harvey Barbera is sooo yummmy! There is no way i could resist. I could of shown some restraint and only buy 4 bottles. But why only get 4 bottles when getting a case is more economical?
@mommadeb @WkdPanda And, even a better price than we can get as wine club members!
Wow. Now I’m really glad I got a case.
@bahwm @mommadeb Fine! Peer pressure. Yeah, I’m giving in to pressure. That’s what I’ll say when the case shows up.
@mommadeb @WkdPanda I know!! Sorry for getting you into trouble! I know your lovely will understand once she tastes it!
This is one of my all time favorites over the years. Love Scott’s Barbera! Absolutely in for a case.
We are a big fan of Scott and his wines and believe this is the best value in his lineup and our favorite red label Mountain Selection wine. Always in for a case.
I previously had the '17 full case and an '18 split Zin case of this. I don’t recall the '18 needing much/any time, but the '17 took about a year of sitting to really shine. The first few bottles were okay, but there was a disjointedness that had me grabbing other bottles for the next year+. When I opened the next bottle after that time, it wowed me with the difference! Scott’s Mountain Zin is maybe my favorite go-to over the years, it’s a “can’t miss”, and that Barbera was neck & neck with it.
It’s a killer wine at the price; if you don’t love it immediately, maybe let it lay down for a little while.
Can’t resist a Scott Harvey offer at a good price (maybe I can unload a few bottles on a share). Also greatly appreciate his participation on this site.
@Mark_L Our bunny would fight for that!
Hi Everyone, great to be back on with my favorite red wine to make. When putting the blends together Mollie and I have a great time when doing the Barbera. We get Barbera from 5 different vineyards which gives us a lot to play with when putting together the Mt. Selection. Thanks for the great LabRat reports.
@ScottHarveyWine You’re welcome, Scott! Again, thanks for providing us with consistently excellent wines! One of our taster couples will be taking two bottles from our case—that’s the couple where she is primarily a white wine drinker! We may have a convert!
Curious as to the blend from the different vineyards. For a few in the past you’ve provided the breakdown. Anything here from Toy, and why did you decide to do a single vineyard from there. You expect similar ageing potential for this vintage as with prior ones?
Good to see you back on here…
Oh, and what happened with the PS this year?
@rjquillin Hi Ron, We made Petite Syrah in 2022, but the crop was light due to a frost in April last year. 935 gallons (18%) of Toy went into this blend. More than any other vineyard. We do a vineyard designate for Toy because it is so distinctive and easy to identify. Yes, I expect similar aging potential, about 15 to 20 years.
@ScottHarveyWine Thanks Scott.
Looks like I need to pull a cork on a Toy to see what you are talking about. Best to compare to a Mountain or J&S? What vintages?
@rjquillin Best to compare with the J&S Reserve.
In, really enjoyed it last time
Ok, who’s buying in SoCal?
@klezman I would take 3 to 6 bottles. It so happens we opened a 2017 last week and in what is highly unusual for us, killed the bottle in a sitting. Great stuff.
@davirom Yeah, I’m good for 3 or 4. I’d rather somebody with membership/VMP do the buying to save the shipping cost.
@klezman That would not be me
I’ll send a case to klez
@davirom @rjquillin 3-3-6 or 4 each or something else?
@klezman @rjquillin I would prefer 4 each, but I said I would take up to 6, so if you guys only want 3 I will pick up the slack.
I’m good with 2~4.
You two work out the split and let me know
@davirom @rjquillin let’s keep it simple - 4 each
Yes, I got the Barbera - Likely already have some from the previous offer, but one cannot have enough SH. Unrelated note: Just tasting the Iron Horse Chard - bought for Mrs. W. I think it is the ideal transition for someone who likes a more fruity SB. Vibrant, with just a slightest bit of butter. Happy I got two cases.
Alas, no South Dakota shipping.
@coynedj So sorry.
@coynedj Give Jana a call at 415 264-5641
On a busy weekend with menus already planned and paired together, we popped the cork on this one and unwound with a Sunday evening glass.
After a pop of the cork, I poured into our Casemates glasses. The color was a beautiful dark red. Bouquet of fruit was pleasant. We clinked and then sipped.
Both of us found the fruit flavor to be sidestepped by the stronger notes of pepper and spice than we typically care for. Eventually the spice gave way to the fruit and we got notes off of berries and coffee - but the spice was strong - and finished faster than we were expecting. All in all, it was an okay glass, but we’ll pass on this one.
I know I sound like a broken record, but every time I see this I’m in for 2 cases and I have to point out that this pairs incredibly well with out local Indian restaurant’s ghobi manchurian. Something about the interplay of this wine and star anise is really special. I find it tough to pair Indian food and wine, this Barbera definitely pairs well.
Some years ago, I was visiting a local store (in the W Chicago suburbs) and the wine guy mentioned that some distributor came by trying to interest him in some wines by a guy named “Scott Harvey”. I educated the wine guy on who is a legend in Amador County.
@Mark_L I miss working that market. Loved working Chicago and all the towns around it. Chicago is a neighborhood city and everyone is so proud of their neighborhood.
No Indiana, son of a bitch!!! I am starting to think I need to move. Too many are not shipping here, even some I had previously bought
@cbilyak @coynedj @ScottHarveyWine
Don’t forget, Scott and Jana have in the past been able to make some of these offers work when CM couldn’t.
Worth asking I’d think.
@cbilyak Give Jana a call and she will try to take care of you 415 264-5641
No way to pass this up…
Just had some Scott Harvey wine recently from an older purchase, great way to start (over)re-stocking.
No Indiana . Anyone in south/southwest MI willing to split? I’m just south of Niles across the border but willing to travel.
@StellaDarling what about chicago? You ever come this way? I’m near orland park.
Perfect timing, I needed more of this.
Can’t resist completely so four pack it is!
If anyone in CMH was on the fence about this, I have a case coming and can gladly share.
@drhellknow I would be interested in 3-4. I’m in SW CMH.
Too. Much. Wine.
But can’t resist a Scott Harvey anything.
Anyone in GSO-RDU area looking to split?
On the road today delivering wine. Will take my computer and get on throughout my stops to answer any questions.
Anyone in Denver ordering? I’d be happy to split!
@knlprez I’m on Northern COS and willing to split a case. Was going to order a case for myelf but running out of room in the wine closet.
@mikefinn I’d be willing to split! I’ll be in Fountain for a bike race in early May, so I could pick it up then!
@knlprez sounds good.
Autobuy for a case for me. But I usually regret not getting more… 2 cases it is then!
I’m in Alabama, so Jana is gonna hook me up.
First stop. Picking up wine at our warehouse in Clements. Headed to Benicia next to drop it off at our California Distributor. Check back in then.
Anybody in Atlanta interested in splitting? OTP North here.
Anyone in Houston (West side, preferably) interested in splitting a case?
Northeast Iowa split?
Second stop competed by dropping off 135 cases in Benicia. Now headed to Watsonville to pick 82 cases of our library wines. Get back on in a couple of hours.
@ScottHarveyWine 82 cases!
@ScottHarveyWine Is there a library offering coming soon? That’d be excellent!
Done with the third stop and headed back to the winery. About a 5 hour drive from Castroville just down the road from Watsonville. Be ready for a bottle of wine when I get back. Beautiful driving through northern California. Vineyards are just starting to bud out in Lodi. Lots of green hills and golden poppies abound.
Reluctant autobuy. Too much wine!
Opened up a 2016 tonight and SWMBO loved it, so
in for a 4-pack. Wish it was 6.
Thanks again for the wonderful wine Scott.
Just made it home, enjoying a nice glass of Riesling. Then on to the Barbera with grilled Salmon.
We’ll have to try your Barbara with grilled salmon, we usually default to Pinot Noir.
Yesterday in the thread you responded to someone who found your wines locally in Chicago. I recently saw your wine in a local Tapas/wine bar here in Tampa. They also host monthly winemaker dinners. Do you ever get down this way? Would love to help make that a thing.
@pseudogourmet98 Yes, Jana and I do. We just lost our distributor in Florida. So will have to wait until we have a new distributor there before we schedule a sales trip. Looks like I will be scheduling the north east soon.
Thanks to everyone on Casemates today. Look forward to the next time.
@pseudogourmet98 @ScottHarveyWine and can we see you in Los Angeles any time soon?
@pseudogourmet98 @ScottHarveyWine You should try one of Scott’s Zins with grilled salmon. Pick any of them, you can’t go wrong.