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Barbera, Santa Barbara County,

Barbera, Santa Barbara County, Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: The 2004 Barbera is a dark ruby red color with beautiful purple highlights. It is a dark, rich wine that eagerly displays the characteristics of the two vineyards. The cool climate of Santa Rita Hills lends the dark color and the sprightly acidity of the wine, while the warmer Alisos vineyard adds softness. The nose is inviting and fresh, forecasting concentrated fruit on the palate. Intense yet delicate blueberry, raspberry and spicy characteristics abound. At first taste, your taste buds start yearning for food – as this wine is designed to make you crave a meal. Young mission figs, black cherries, a bit of black strap molasses and tar are balanced by firm and bright acidity. This balance of dark fruit and natural acidity makes this wine an etension of the plate, enabling you to feel satisfied and happy during and at the end of a meal.

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.
Earliest grape planted in 17th century in what is now the state of California. Thought to have arrived in the America's by Spanish conquistadores importation. Known to be identical with the Pais grape widely grown in Chile and thought to originate from the Monica grape of Spain and Sardinia.


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