Barbera is a special varietal of the Old World. Native to Piedmont, Italy, Barbera is a hardy grape that grows well in the chalky soils of the area. Though popular as a single varietal, Barbera also excels as a blending partner in both Italy and California. Barbera can add structure into a lighter wine and yet give softness to one that was overly tannic.
Barbera wines show black and red cherry, blackberry, spice, and chocolate with smooth tannins and structured acidity that make it easy drinking upon release. The wine occasionally sees oak. Barbera can gain character with a few years of ageing. A pronunciation of Barbera is (bar-BEAR-ah). Barbera has been featured in our Gold Wine Club and in our International Wine Club over the years, and we will feature it again. The Rucksack Cellars 2013 Barbera R is a excellent example of this varietal produced using grapes from the Sierra Foothills AVA here in California.
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