Aromas of black cherry and sandalwood. Concentrated layers of jammy blackberries and spice are complimented with a lively finish.
Cases Produced: 753 Cases Produced
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Upper Ridge Barbera is sought after for its bright fruit, approachable tannins and elegant balance. It sits pretty in the glass with a deep hue that invites you to aromas of black cherry and sandalwood. Concentrated layers of jammy blackberries and spice are complimented with a lively finish. Drink now or cellar for the next 6-8 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 concentrated flavors. It’s aged in French oak barrels for 16 months to soften mouthfeel and enhance texture.
Vintage: It was a wet winter going into the 2016 growing season. We are accustom to working with limited amounts of water due to years of drought conditions. But this year we were worried about abundance. Strategic planning on the part of our vineyard team, has always seen us through the trying times and 2016 had us on our toes. Despite early season warmth and rain challenges, once we hit ripening season, harvest had great weather for hanging fruit to reach full maturity; not too hot, not too cold, just enough to achieve ideal flavors and balance.
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.