WINEMAKING NOTES: 2017 was a slightly different vintage for Amador grapes; the fruit reached physiological ripeness with a little less sugar than normal, presenting our winemakers with new opportunities and ultimately producing a wine that's a little less fruit forward than usual.
TASTING NOTES: An earthier rendition of Barbera, with aromas of coffee and cocoa, smokey bacon, and dried berries.
FOOD PAIRING: Duck breast with cherry or plum sauce. Aged hard cheeses and blue cheeses. Rich, tomato-based pasta dishes. Grilled meats with spicy barbecue sauce.
AGING: Aged for 18 months in 40% New American Medium plus toast oak, and 40% New French medium plus toast oak.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: Located in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, the Cooper family’s mission since 1979 has been to produce the highest quality fruit. Beginning with Barbera, family patriarch Dick Cooper has carefully tended rolling vineyards that now boast at least seventeen varietals grown on 90 acres of vineyards.