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Barbera, Santa Maria Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyard,

Barbera, Santa Maria Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Great dark color. A very balanced wine with plum spice, slight licorice, tar notes & black cherry. The finish is crisp but rounded with soft tannins. The wine is ready to drink upon release, but will continue to improve over the next three to five years.

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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