This Barbera on the nose presents notes of raspberries and dark fruit such as dark cherry and plum. It’s bright and lively, with aromas of anise and tart cherry. It has a medium body with light tannins and a soft finish.
Grapes were sourced from two different vineyards to make this wine. Both vineyards are certified green and are sustainably farmed. Cultural practices in the vineyards are consistent in that they are all shoot thinned, crop thinned, leaves pulled on the north side of the vine and are trained on a vertical shoot position trellis system. The Barbera in this bottle comes from our estate vineyard located to the northwest of our tasting room and production facility in the Mokelumne river sub AVA of Lodi. In addition to Barbera, we include a small amount of Petite Sirah, also from our estate, which adds color and structure.
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently sorted and transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for cold soak. Fermentation was managed with regular pump overs approximately 3 times per day. Aged in French, American, and Caucus (30% new) oak barrels for approximately 20 months. As mentioned above, a small percentage of Petite Sirah was blended in for color and structure.