Deep dark fruit notes of fruit leather, sweet blackberry fruit and dried blueberry with a touch of vanilla. Smooth, medium-bodied palate with sour cherry flavors and a hint of the racy acidity Barbera is known for, just enough to make your mouth water for a delicious food pairing.
These grapes were picked early in the morning before sunrise. Upon arriving at the winery, the bunches were destemmed without the use of the crush rollers, which allowed for a whole berry fermentation. The ferment was kept between 73-78 ˚F to preserve the more subtle characteristics of the varietal. This led to greater complexity and body once primary fermentation finished. After fermentation we pressed the skins and seeds. Once pressed, the wine was transferred to a mix of American and French Oak barrels, about 50% new, for aging.
Pair Barbera with hearty Italian comfort foods and just enjoy it! Spaghetti with meatballs, pizza, sausage and lentil stew all come to mind. Blue cheese pairs well with the acidity in Barbera, as do a variety of cured meats. Given Barbera’s gregarious nature, it’s a great wine to pair with casual grazing meals and a variety of cheese and charcuterie.
Aged for 18 months in a mix of American and French Oak barrels, about 50% new oak.
About Mabera Vineyard
Mabera Vineyard is located in the hills of Amador County, about 1500 ft above sea level in Plymouth. This vineyard is western facing with a gentle slope and rows planted with a north to south orientation.
122 cases produced