Barefoot Cellars—now part of E&J Gallo–is a Sonoma County winery that produces a range of inexpensive wines from sweet reds to dry whites, all carrying the California appellation. Sparkling wines are sold under the label Barefoot Bubbly with a Brut Cuvée, Rosé, Cuvée, Moscato Spumante, Pinot Grigio, and extra dry styles.
Supple and easy to drink, this cherry-fruited wine easily carries its veneer of toasty, caramelly oak. This would be a great restaurant Pinot; versatile with food and in absolutely no need of cellaring.
There’s some very pretty fruit in this Sonoma County Cabernet Franc-based blend. It tastes of black cherries and currants, with a tasty edge of dried herbs and oak. Be warned that the tannins are very strong and aggressive, and are not likely to age out.
A young wine, from the dark, blue-black color to the immature aromas of blackberry jam and oak. In the mouth, the tannins strike hard and fast, followed up by acidity. But there’s a solid core of blackberry fruit. This wine demands cellaring. Try after 2004. —S.H.
So young, fresh and frisky, it's a puppy of a wine, filled with exuberant wild-berry flavors, especially red ones, like red rasberry and strawberry. The acidity is high enough to tingle the palate, and yet it's weirdly soft, It's as if all the tannins had been strained out.