2018 Barbera, Mokelumne River/Lodi
The flavors in Barbera vary widely depending upon the climate where it grows, and the winemaking techniques used when crafting the wine. Our Barbera, from Lodi, (a warmer climate) shows flavors of blackberries, licorice and jam. Aging in oak softened the edges of overly-aggressive spiciness. We blended in Zinfandel to enhance the fruit-forward style to craft a complex and satisfying sip of wine.
This wine was harvested by hand and delivered to m2 in half-ton bins at 11:55 a.m., on October 1, 2018. After extensive hand-sorting the fruit was crushed and pumped to a stainless-steel tank. Fermentation was started the next day utilizing a cultured wine yeast known as BRL97. This yeast was isolated from vineyard sites in the Piedmont region of Italy. Fermentation proceeded as expected, the wine was pressed to a tank to settle then racked into oak barrels.
CERTIFIED LODI RULES
GROWER: AARON SHINN
VINEYARD: ROUND VALLEY RANCH ACAMPO
APPELLATION: MOKELUMNE RIVER – LODI
LOCATION: EAST SIDE HWY 99, ACAMPO AT BRUELLA ROAD
WINEMAKER: LAYNE MONTGOMERY
HARVEST DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2018
LENGTH OF FERMENTATION: 12 DAYS.
MALO-LACTIC FERMENTATION: VP-41
OAK: 13% NEW FRENCH, 11% NEW AMERICAN, REMAINDER 3x USED OAK
BLEND COMPOSITION: 95% BARBERA, 5% ZINFANDEL
BOTTLING DATE: FEBRUARY 9, 2020
RELEASE: MAY 1, 2020
QTY: 389 CASES PRODUCED
Aromas of black currant, sage and eucalyptus. The color is dark and intense. There is a distinct meatiness to this vintage, with hearty red and black fruits and nuances of flat cola and toast. The finish is smooth and dry, and it drinks just as nicely the next day (if you don't drink the whole bottle!).
The aroma is captivating, with dark cherry and ripe dark berries. It feels luxurious and silky on the tongue, full-bodied in the mouth, exhibiting flavors of deep plum, leather, and blueberries. It is velvety and dry on the finish. This blend is structured and satisfying. It is truly a bottle to enjoy as you contemplate the passage of time.....
Dark fruit flavors of plum and blueberry are lifted with tastes of strawberry and raspberry. Hints of cola, nutmeg, coffee, toast and spice abound. This wine is boldly flavored and darkly complex and should age very well for two to five years.
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The color is dark and deep, the flavors are layered and complex. Everything is in place for this wine to age beautifully and the reward for up to 15 years of patience and careful celllaring should be a spectacular and thrilling wine experience.
This wine is dense and dark, rich and explodes with classic Cabernet aromas. Silky tannins and a lingering finish complete the experience. We expect this wine to evolve gracefully in the bottle for a decade or more.
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