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Sierra Foothills Barbera

Sierra Foothills Barbera Wine Details

Description: Barbera is a food-friendly winegrape from Italy that is beginning to take the Sierra Foothills by storm. Bold and fruity in character, foothills Barbera, like that grown in Italy, makes an excellent accompaniment to hearty pasta dishes and other Mediterranean fare. The Cantiga release has a floral bouquet, a rich texture and refreshing acidity. The wine comes from a vineyard in the lower part of the Shenandoah Valley, Amador County, was harvested in late September, open-bin fermented, then aged for 11 months in French oak barrels.

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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