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Barbera Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: Brought to America from the Piedmont region of Italy by immigrant farmers, Barbera has flourished in the Shenandoah Valley of California's Gold Country. Head trained in the Italian tradition, our Barbera was harvested by hand and aged in French and American oak barrels for sixteen months. Farmed for lower yields to increase the intensity of flavors, our Barbera produces full, flavorful wine.

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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