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2017 Barbera

2017 Barbera
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VINEYARD: We now have 6 acres of organically farmed Barbera planted in
two blocks, located on our winery ranch. Our 2017 comes from clone CVT
171 from Piemonte, planted on a low vigor root stock called 420-A. Our
original Barbera block was planted in 1998, and we subsequently planted 4
more acres gradually since then. Barbera generally ripens in late September
here in Dry Creek. It retains remarkably high levels of acidity at maximum
sugar ripeness.


VINTAGE: 2017 featured normal weather with some severe heat spikes. Cool
August weather extended the growing season and helped provide color,
body, and acidity in our Barbera. The yields were low due to our cropthinning
regimen, which facilitates concentration. We harvested our
Barbera September 12th and 18th at 26 degree brix, with high acidity. 2017
is another example of why we feel Barbera is an excellent grape to grow in
the inland valleys of Sonoma County.


WINEMAKING: Our approach to making Barbera is pretty straightforward.
The grapes were de-stemmed and pumped through a peristaltic pump into
both open and closed stainless steel and concrete tanks. After a five-day
cold soak, the fermentation started naturally with indigenous yeasts. The
wine was pressed at dryness. We age our Barbera for 10 -11 months in
French Burgundy barrels, about 20% new. Using small, new barrels for aging
Barbera provides tannin and texture.


STYLE/DESCRIPTION: This 2017 IS A BLOCKBUSTER VINTAGE FOR OUR
BARBERA... just kidding. It represents our classic style of Barbera, which is
quite similar to the full-bodied Barberas from Italy’s DOCGs in Asti,
Monferrato, and Nizza. It possesses deep color, exotic fruit, spice, and floral
aromas, with a juicy mouth-feel from solid acidity. While it may age longer, I
would drink now through 2022.

H A R V E S T E D : SEPTEMBER 12,18, 2017


BRIX AVG: 26


B L E N D : 100% BARBERA


ACIDITY: 7.6 g/L


p H : 3 . 3 8


ALCOHOL: 1 4 . 5 %


A G I N G : 11 MONTHS FRENCH OAK BARRELS 20% NEW

B O T T L E D : 8 / 2 / 1 8


CASES PRODUCED: 575

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Barbera
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol %
14.5