Aromas of black cherry and sandalwood. Concentrated layers of jammy blackberries and spice are complimented with a lively finish.
Cases Produced: 1753 Cases Produced
UPPER RIDGE VINEYARD | PINE MOUNTAIN/ CLOVERDALE PEAK
Tasting Notes: Our 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 experience aromas of black cherry and sandalwood. Concentrated layers of jammy blackberries and spice are complimented with a lively finish.
Varietal: Barbera is a northwest Italian varietal that produces wines with high acidity, a deep ruby color, medium bodied and low tannin levels. Due to high acididty wines age very well and have berry like flavors.
Vineyard: Our Upper Ridge Vineyard sites at an elevation of about 2600 feet making it one of the highest elevated vineyards in Sonoma County. With large diurnal temperature swings, ideal exposures, and an array of micro-climates, this site allows for a longer growng season making it a one-of-a-kind place for each of the eleven different varietals grown.
Vintage: We had become accustomed to working with limited amounts of water due to the drought, but this year we worried about abundance - it was a wet winter. Despite early season warmth and rain challenges, once we hit ripening season we had great weather for the hanging fruit to reach full maturity and to achieve ideal flavors and balance.
Winemaker: Joe Benziger
Harvested: September - October 2016
Label Artist: Kenna Moser | Bainbridge Island, WA