This is a beautiful, rich, but balanced Barbera. The fruit is grown on a South-facing slope on the Cooper Ranch and the Barbera vineyard here is about 40 years old. Although a late ripener, this Barbera matured to perfection with lower yields on September 25th in 2012 vintage. It has opulence, with a certain elemental juiciness, nuanced varietal character, and a pleasant spiciness. It has a robust character. It drinks with dense, layered complexity, and persistence. Stylistically similar to the better new wave barrique Barbera’s being made in the Italy’s Piedmont region. It is aged in 100% French oak.
This is not a simple, over-wooded, high-alcohol/over-the-top wine, that you often find from the Foothill region. It shows a reflection of place, it is suited for the table, and is fun to drink. This is one of our most popular wines in the tasting room at the winery. Try it with most tomato preparations. It is great with pork, lamb, and rabbit.
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