Wine of the Week #2 – Black Barn IX

Black Barn IXblack barn

USA > Kentucky > Lexington

Purchased From: Kroger ($22.50) – Also spotted at Wines on Wine, Twisted Cork, Liquor Barn, Shorty’s Market


I’ve been dying to try this wine for some time – and it’s made literally right down the road!  After spotting it at number of stores around town  I started asking questions, and never have I seen a local wine receive such high accolades from the local merchants.

california wine regions-sierra foothillsThis is a Lexington-made wine (the winery is located on Newtown Pike) but the fruit is 100% California, grown in the Sierra Foothills region.  Located midway between Sacramento and Reno, the Sierra Foothills region is well off the beaten path of California’s wine country, but some truly spectacular wines are made there.

Black Barn Winery makes only one wine per year.  Though it’s always a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, each vintage is different as winemaker Collin Boyd adjusts the blend a little each year (presumably based on the quality of the fruit).  The IX signifies that it’s the 2009 vintage (the XII is the 2007, XIII the 2008 and so on).

My Take:

This is a dry, full-bodied wine and in my opinion it was very balanced and well-made.  It was deep garnet in color and incredibly aromatic – chocolate and fig were the prominent aromas.  The palate could be described as slightly “green”, with flavors of cocoa, brambles and just a little dried fruit – the tannins were plenty firm.  The finish was a little jammy, but unexpectedly short.


No food with this one – we paired it with good friends and good conversation.  However, this would make a great summer BBQ wine – burgers, steak, or smoked meats.

Technical Stuff:

Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol: 14.5%  Released: August 2012

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