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Barbera Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: Our most intensely colored Barbera ever! This deep, dark, almost purple wine is what our winemaker noted as "blueberry city!" Its aromas are multilayered with vanilla, cedar and raspberry. The wine is ultra rich on the palate and silky smooth from start to finish. It exhibits blackberry jam with underlying earth tones at the mid-palate that carry effortlessly to the long and deliciously jammy finish. Drink now through 2014.

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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