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Sonoma Valley Barbera

Sonoma Valley Barbera Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: The color of this wine hints at its richness. Unlike the stark magenta color of most Piedmont Barberas, this wine is very dark purple. Aromas of anise and raspberries topped off with vanilla and smoke fill the nose and are echoed in the mouth with lingering plumb fruit compote. We haven’t tasted anything like this since the legendary 1976 vintage! It is lush yet maintains a nice level of acidity, which makes this wine perfect for food pairing. Due to its low-tannin nature, it can be paired with most fish entrees, but its ideal match is Osso Buco. Enjoy also with any tomato-based stews and pizza.

Varietal Definition
A red-wine grape of Italian origin that produces sturdy, tannic wines capable of aging. Barbera is widely planted in Italy’s Piedmont region, where it accounts for half the total acreage. Most California Barbera is grown in the Central Valley and finds its way into generic or proprietary blends. The Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Santa Clara and Sonoma, where very warm days are moderated by cool nights, produce some of the state’s best varietal Barberas. The fruit is naturally high in acid, which it retains very well, even in hot climates. Barbera grapes are also high in anthocyanins, but only low to moderate in tannin content. The resulting wines are deep, purplish black in their youth, but tend to early browning and lightening as they age. Tannin from oak aging can help somewhat to stabilize color.


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