Montevina Barbera 2015
The 2015 Barbera displays a sultry, rich, dark red hue and bright aromas of cherry and Amador spice. Flavors of dark cherry with toasty oak characteristics lead to sweet, soft tannins that melt away in juicy joy. The Montevina Barbera pairs beautifully with a multitude of cuisines.
Gentle tannins, juicy fruit, and a happy acidity have made Barbera the predominant vino da tavola for centuries in Italy. The varietal’s vivaciousness and cooperative nature has made it equally popular with California wine grape growers. By no means new to the state, Barbera is the sixth most planted red grape in California, but is rarely labeled as a varietal. Loved by table wine producers for its pigment and acidity, Barbera has long been blended with less gentle varietals for balance. When crops are carefully managed and wine is aged in oak, Barbera’s distinctively soft, bright fruitiness is lifted up by exotic spice and ligneous tannin, making a delightful and versatile varietal wine. Montevina made acquaintance with Barbera in the early 70’s and immediately saw the varietal’s potential in Amador County.
The fermentation is extended a full two weeks allowing more time for extraction and intensity of aroma and flavors. The wine was then aged for several months in small oak barrels and oak tanks to accentuate the sweet cherry cola flavors of the Barbera grape.
The grapes are hand-picked, destemmed, gently crushed, then sent to stainless steel fermentation tanks. Because of the dependably gentle tannin levels of the varietal, we can use techniques to maximize extraction during fermentation. Once inoculated the tanks undergo daily “drain and return” treatments. The tanks are completely drained of their juice then the juice is returned to the tank over the skins that had formed a cap on the juice.
Food Pairing Notes
Try matching it with a Manchego and fig cheese plate, or an artisan pizza with prosciutto and vodka sauce, topped with fresh basil.
FRANK E MERRICK
(Aug 25, 2016 at 7:55 AM)
My wife discovered Montevina Barbera on a receint trip to California and was impressed. We tried several Barbaras in local markets and they do not even come close to Montevina.
(Oct 10, 2016 at 7:11 PM)
I tasted an early version, perhaps 2011- tannin that overwhelmed. Went to the Big Crush--the 2013 is a completely different wine. Very nice. Thank you!