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Barbera Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: This vintage is 100% Barbera. The bright ripe raspberry aromas and rich cane fruit flavors offer attractive complexity. Barrel aging was completed in seasoned sixty-gallon oak cooperage to sculpt tannins and mature the wine, similar to the celebrated Barbera d’Alba of Northern Italy. IL CUORE Barbera is recommended with lamb dishes, fresh pork sausages, smoked or slow grilled meat including ribs, and creamy risotto. The firm acidity makes it a fine compliment to aged cheeses. Or try IL CUORE Barbera by the glass during your next Bocce match!

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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