TASTING NOTES: Medium-bodied with an intense ruby color, this Northern Italian variety displays a strong varietal character with aromas of cherries and raspberries. Our oak-aged Barbera is a well-structured red wine with balanced tannins for a long, smooth finish. Ideal for tomato-based dishes, grilled meat and lamb. Serve at room temperature.
THE GRAPE: Barbera is an autochthonous black grape variety of Piedmont in Northern Italy from which numerous DOC and DOCG wines are produced. Barbera origin can be traced back to the 700's, although the first official document was found in Chieri, near Tourin dating back to 1517. The berry is rather large and has a deep blue color tending towards black. Barbera is one of the most important red grape varieties in Italy. Known as one of the 3 "B's" prestigious wines of Piedmont, Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera. Barbera produces wines with higher acidity and strong tannins.
VINTNER'S NOTE: The Neri family has a strong attachment to Barbera as it originates from the area where my maternal family is from. We try to follow a traditional method of vinification for our Barbera which includes a minimum of 12 months aging in large oak cask to tame the aggressive acidity and tannic structure of this opulent wine.
BLEND:80% Barbera 20% Baco Noir
VINEYARD SIZE: 2.4 acres
YEARLY PRODUCTION: 250-300 cases