Aging wines in barrels is an art that has practiced for centuries. First, it was a safe, relatively easy manner of storage. Then it was discovered that barrels added their own unique flavors to the wine, and, in most cases, it was positive.
So, naturally, because winemakers are a curious bunch, they started to experiment with different barrels, from diverse forests, in various sizes, and constructed in different ways until it became maze that no one could follow. As if that wasn't enough, Scotch producers started aging their Scotch in barrels that formerly held Sherry from Spain. A new craze was born.
Triple B is part of that craze, and it seems to be sweeping the nation. This is a big, buxom wine aged in American oak Bourbon barrels. It's not as far out as it sounds. The soft vanilla flavor we love in red wine actually comes from the barrel, not the grape. The name signifies two things. First is the fact that it is a blend of three grapes; Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah. Then each wine is aged for three months in American oak Bourbon barrels.
It is crafted by our friends at Sonoma 980 and judiciously so. They experimented with different barrels for different lengths of time and came up with what we think is the perfect blend. There's the signature vanilla, but not at the expense of the lovely blueberry, cherry, and spice of the grapes that would match smoked ribs or rotisserie chicken and don't miss the garlic fries.