Have you heard the new Rush album, Snakes & Arrows? I have been listening to it during my tastings of 2005 Barberas. Maybe it's just the quality of many of the fruity, juicy 2005 Barberas, but I think the album is awesome. It harks back to some of the first great albums from the famous Canadian rock band, and I am very happy for my friends Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, who are big time wine lovers that I like to hang with. In fact, Geddy is one of the most knowledgeable Burgundy guys I know.
The best track for me on the album is the song, "Armor and Sword." I love the beat and amazing guitar work, and the lyrics are cutting, almost haunting. Meanwhile, the best 2005 Barberas I have had come from Vietti, Clerico and La Spinetta. In particular, I really liked Giorgio Rivetti's new Barbera from his Barolo estate, Campè della Spinetta.
The wines have a fabulous richness of bright fruit, with hints of chocolate and citrus fruit as well as lively acidity and more fruit on the finish. They have everything you could want in a Barbera. I e-mailed Luca Currado of Vietti to get his opinion on the 2005 vintage, and this is what he wrote:
"2005 Barbera so far one of my 'preferred' vintages for Barbera. Rich, powerful, intense floral nose like 2003 but more balanced and complete then the 2003. I think it is similar to 1997 Barberas. Yes I think too, 2005 Barberas are better than 2003 and 2004. It looks like also that the top sommeliers in restaurants around the world, prefer the 2005 to the 2004/03."
I forgot to ask Luca's opinion on the new Rush album.
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