Nose: Dark Berry, Mocha, Exotic Spice, Earthy Note
Mouth: Plum, Mulberry, Leather Tobacco, Sage.
This medium-bodied beauty has a vibrant texture that lends richness in the mouthfeel and length on the finish.
Barbera, when given its due and planted on higher slopes in elevation, creates a stunning example of a wine that is both rich and complex. Aging the wine is French Oak barrels developed mocha aromas and provides extra layers of depth. Barbera is believed to have originated in the hills of central Piemote Italy in the late 1200's. We are thrilled to have transplanted it to our Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard at 2300 feet in elevation near the town of Fairplay in the Sierra Foothills.
Developed in 1991, the vineyard is known for being the fruit source of several El Dorado County wines garnering 90-point ratings. It currently boasts 16 acres of Rhone varieties that are augmented with tiny blocks of barbera and tempranillo.
The property is located in the Fair Play AVA, five miles south of Somerset and above the middle fork of the Cosumnes River where the growing season is marked by warm, dry conditions. Prompted by elevations reaching 2400 feet, the cool overnight temperatures help form favorable grape acidity that provides artistic counterpoint to the layered fruit in the finished wines.
Vines are planted in well-drained granitic sandy-loam soils (Holland Series) where their struggle for survival creates the desirable conditions for growing outstanding wine grapes.
The mountain vineyard offers a favorable package of crystal-clear skies above the fog line, clones and rootstock chosen for the site, and year-round hand cultivation that helps create an age-worthy collection of well-balanced wines.