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Description: A complex Old World, barrel-aged first release. Our Barbera is a rustic wine with plenty of zesty acid to balance intense flavours of black cherry, mint and cedar. The grapes are from the 60-year-old Sozzoni Ranch near Ukiah, in the foothills of the Coastal Mountains. This region is similar to the Piedmont Hills of Northern Italy where the Barbera grape originates. Harvested in October 2001. Cellared in French oak barrels for 18 months.

Varietal Definition
A red-wine grape of Italian origin that produces sturdy, tannic wines capable of aging. Barbera is widely planted in Italy’s Piedmont region, where it accounts for half the total acreage. Most California Barbera is grown in the Central Valley and finds its way into generic or proprietary blends. The Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Santa Clara and Sonoma, where very warm days are moderated by cool nights, produce some of the state’s best varietal Barberas. The fruit is naturally high in acid, which it retains very well, even in hot climates. Barbera grapes are also high in anthocyanins, but only low to moderate in tannin content. The resulting wines are deep, purplish black in their youth, but tend to early browning and lightening as they age. Tannin from oak aging can help somewhat to stabilize color.


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