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Wine Recommendation

Bargetto Winery 2000 La Vita, Estate (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Bargetto Winery

2000 La Vita, Estate
(Santa Cruz Mountains)

La Vita ("the life" in Italian), is a soulful blend of 52% Dolcetto, 32% Nebbiolo and 16% Refosco. This somewhat austere and tight wine has many wonderful secrets waiting in store. The tannins are impressively stout, but the finish is redolent of roses and gardenias, and it simply goes on forever, like the memory of a kiss in a summer garden on a summer night, with a full moon…well, you get the idea.

This one is worth coming back to in a year or so. Aged for two and one half years in oak barrels and puncheons and then aged for an additional two years in the bottle prior to release.

Reviewed June 14, 2006 by Laura Ness.


Other Awards & Accolades

  • Gold - 2006 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
  • Best of Class/Gold - 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Double Gold - 2005 Taster's Guild Int'l Consumer Wine Competition
  • Silver - 2005 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
  • Silver - Orange County Fair Wine Competition
  • Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition

The Wine

Winery: Bargetto Winery
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2000
Wine: La Vita
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Grapes: Dolcetto (52%), Nebbiolo (32%), Mondeuse / Refosco (16%)
Price: 750ml $50.00

Review Date: 6/14/2006

The Reviewer

Laura Ness

A wine writer and wine judge for major publications and competitions around the country, Laura Ness likens wine to the experience of music. She is always looking for that ubiquitous marriage of rhythm, melody, and flawless execution. What is good music? You know it when you get lost in it. What is good wine? It is music in your mouth.