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Barbera, Columbia Valley

Barbera, Columbia Valley Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: Barbera is an Italian wine grape variety that originates from Piedmonte, Italy, but seems to thrive in hot growing sites, such as we have here in the Columbia Valley. Great growing sites, such as we found for this wine at Elephant Mountain Vineyard (60%) and Millbrandt Vineyard (40%) allow production of Barbera that is long-aging, robust with intense fruit, enhanced tannic content and with some aging potential. This Kana Winery 2004 Barbera shows a deep ruby color, raspberry and blackberry fruit notes, and a full body. It has moderate chalky tannins that are balanced by a high level of acidity. It finishes long in the mouth into beautiful boysenberry fruit. 145 cases were produced. No other wine has the versatility that can cut through tomato sauce or compliment a steak as nicely as Barbera wine. We think this 2004 Barbera is the perfect pizza wine. PPW 9/05

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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