In 1994 a two generation enterprise, Warren and Jeanne Smith and Barr and Ann Smith, purchased 50 acres of vineyards just south of Calistoga at the upper end of the Napa Valley, an area well known for producing full-bodied red wines. The Smith's first year of wine production came about as the result of making a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, which was originally meant for family consumption. The winemaker informed them that the high-quality single vineyard fruit had produced an outstanding full-bodied wine with marvelous flavors, a long finish and a great mouth feel and suggested that all 25 cases be sold to the general market. It was an instant success for this Southern California family that had relocated to the esteemed wine producing region of Napa Valley.
Since 1997, Barlow has made larger quantities of wine and is approaching its goal of 2,000 cases per year in a multitude of varietals. The Calistoga vineyard has its own Napa Valley microclimate, with characteristics of warm/hot days and cool nights. As the vineyard reaches maturity, so do the wines it produces.
This wine crisp and complex with a delightful citrusy nose, featuring grapefruit, lemon, lime zest and melon, with hints of mandarin orange. The palate is vibrant, carrying through the citrus flavors as well as a bit of peach.
Crisp, dry and fruit-forward, this lovely rosé is a perfect summertime wine, featuring bright red fruit flavors of luscious raspberry and strawberry.
Smooth with velvety tannins, this Cab exudes an intense nose of black cassis and violets. The palate boast an array of flavors, including black plum, wild berries, licorice and vanilla, with a hint of nutmeg.
This decadent Merlot abounds with intense aromas and flavors of black cherries, currants and blackberries, backed by chocolate and vanilla notes and round, chewy tannins.
The scent of French vanilla is first to hit the nose, followed by notes of blueberry and black currant. The palate is soft and concentrated, bursting with luscious cherry and blackberry jam flavors.