Sinistra, a blend of Teroldego and Barbera, is Italian for “Left”, so named because I am left-handed (which Julianne is always quick to add, explains many things). Teroldego and Barbera both bring very different strengths to the table, and for this reason, they don’t always initially play well together. I age the two wines separately for my typical 24 months, determine/create the blend, then put the blend back in barrel for another 24 months to give them time to work out their differences of opinion. After a year in bottle…well, you can see for yourself. This wine exhibits subdued fruit on the front, subtle earth tones in the mid-palate, and good structure in the finish. Pretty darned good now, based on past experience, will be a knock-out in 3-5 years. Currently only available to members of the Chicago Park Wine Society.