Intense blackberry and raspberry combine with deep dark plum aromatics. They all come on strong at the very beginning. The Barbera is showing some slight spicy aromas right behind those primary components. Strong flavors of fresh plum and blackberry with a touch of spicy oak and bing cherry. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with typical high acidity often seen in Barbera. It finishes with a softening tannin structure that lengthens out the dark fruit finish.
Varietals- 95% Barbera, 5% Petite Sirah
Vineyards- Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyards & The Dalton Ranch
Aging/Cooperage- 18 months in 20% new French oak, 80% neutral oak
Production- The 2016 Barbera was gently crushed with approximately 20% whole berries left intact. The grapes were fermented in small bins for a period of 11 days. The fresh young wine was then racked via gravity into small French oak casks for completion of fermentation and the duration of a secondary bacterial fermentation. After about three months, the wines were racked and then put back into barrel for an extended aging period. After 18 months the wine was removed from barrel and bottled with minimal filtration and no fining.
Scott's Notes- The 2016 vintage was heavily affected by yet another consecutive drought year. The concentrated fruit from the low yields is apparent at first glimpse and taste of this NH Barbera.