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2018 BARBERA, Sierra Foothills

2018 BARBERA, Sierra Foothills

A classic Italian varietal wine with plush aromas of dark cherry, black raspberry, and pomegranate complemented by bittersweet chocolate and nutmeg. Barbera is the third most planted red grape in Italy, where winemakers have relied on it since the 13th century to produce robust wines that age beautifully.

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Wine Specs
96% Barbera, 2% Merlot, 2% Sangiovese
Harvest Date
October 3, 2018
6.2 g/L
18 months in French oak barrels, 35% new oak
Bottling Date
May 1, 2020
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Plush aromas of blueberry, black raspberry, and pomegranate are complemented by hints of bittersweet chocolate and toasted sage in this enticing single vineyard wine. Beautifully balanced with bright acidity, the wine exhibits notes of boysenberry and vanilla bean on the palate leading to a silky finish.
Production Notes
Winter provided a record-breaking rainfall - a welcome end to the 4-years of drought. Bloom and fruit set in May occurred under ideal conditions. Summer was warm but the vines weathered the heat well and maturity moved along at a steady pace. A short but intense heat wave during the first part of September brought brix levels up dramatically and winemakers waited for the pH, acids, flavor and color development in the grapes to catch up to sugar accumulation. The 2018 wine quality shows a lot of bright acidity and fresh varietal aromas in the white wines, and deep color, sweet fruit flavors. Looking like it will be another classic year! - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Winemaker Notes
Barbera is the third most planted red grape in Italy, where winemakers have relied on it since the 13th century to produce robust wines that age beautifully.
Food Pairing Notes
A classic Italian varietal wine to pair with rigatoni with fresh tomato sauce and ricotta, butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce, and chicken marsala.

Product Reviews

Helene Mako's Gravatar
Helene Mako
(Nov 19, 2020 at 8:53 AM)
I usually prefer European wines but this one really caught my attention during the wine tasting at the Castle. I had six bottles shipped to my home in Florida immediately and then had more sent when those ran out. There’s a reason it’s sold out. Always waiting for it to come back into stock so I can stock up. Very rich beautiful wine.

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Susan Jung
(Jun 23, 2021 at 1:52 PM)
I would give a 6 star rating if one was available ; ) I absolutely LOVED this wine!!! Every time when I look at what's available from emails that I receive. I ALWAYS double check to see if I can purchase. Hoping not to see the SOLD OUT posting : ( Unequivocally the best wine... just wondering if it will ever be available? Thank you Costello Amorosa for making such and exquisite wine... Susan J.

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