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2015 Barbera, Sonoma County

Gold - SF Chronicle Wine Competition Bursting with bright notes of black cherry, dried strawberry and ripe plum. Fine tannins resulting a rich, mellow wine with very good acidity.

Alcohol: 14.6%

PH: 3.63

Cases Produced: 725

*Two Bottle Limit* 

Tasting Notes: Bursting with bright notes of black cherry, dried strawberry and ripe plum. Its fine tannins result in a rich, mellow wine; the varietal has good acidity, making it a natural and flexible companion to many foods such as pastas with meat- or tomato-based sauces, Drink now or cellar for the next 4-6 years.

Vinification: The wine was fermented in a small open top tank and punched down daily by hand. Slow fermentation gives this wine its deep, dark color and complex flavors. It’s aged in French oak barrels for 13 months to soften tannins and enhance texture.

Vintage: Growing season 2015 was in the fourth year of the severe drought in California. The normally rainy season between January and March was quite dry resulting in a lighter harvest and an early one. Our Yields were down this year as the harvest stressed bud break and there were fewer clusters on each vine. While we didn’t get as much as vintages 2013 and 2014, the caliber of this wine is just remarkable!

Varietal: Barbera is a dynamic and versatile grape that originated in the Piedmont region of Italy. Referred to as “The People’s Wine”, Barbera accounts for about 40% of all wine produced in that region. This varietal can display a broad range of styles reflective of its specific microclimate or vinification. It is known, in particular, for its deep ruby color, full body and approachable tannins. In California, its popularity continues to grow due to increased interest in Italian wines and cuisine.

Label Art By: Jim Waid, Tucson, Arizona

Other Awards: 

Gold & Best of Class - Harvest Fair 2018