Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Know Your Oregon Grapes; Barbera

Barbera: Usually produces an intense red wine with deep color, low tannins and high acid. Century-old vines still exist in many regional vineyards and allow production of long-aging, robust red wines with intense fruit and enhanced tannic content. The light, young versions offer a very intense aroma of fresh red and black berries. The better Barberas are often aged in oak and make complex, age-worthy wines. The most important growing region is Piedmont (Italy) with the most famous examples being Barbera d'Asti, Barbera de Monferrato (sparkling) and Barbera d'Alba.
The only vineyard I know that grows this grape is Marchesi Vineyards.
Achille, Barbera Estate '11 Columbia Valley: Marchesi Vineyards Cases Produced: 138 / Alcohol: 13.5% / pH: 3.25
 From our vineyards! First planted in 2004, we have a cheerful, fresh, and fruity red wine with clean fruit and balanced acidity. Part of the grapes where set to dry cane mats for maximum extraction before the long aging process in Hungarian oak. A delicious food wine to complement a variety of dishes.

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