The 2016 harvest was earlier than most years. The yields and quality of red wine grapes were very good, as the ongoing drought that affected most regions had little effect on the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. Winter rains in the region were more normal. As we moved into summer, the weather was perfect for ripening and harvest. Our hillside cave aging maintained a stable aging environment for a smooth clean finish on our red wines.
This Barbera has a unique flavor profile, produced from combining grapes from five distinct vineyards. Cooper, Baartman, Crain-Sleeper and Wilderotter vineyards are located within the Shenandoah Valley appellation, and Shake Ridge Vineyards is an Amador County vineyard along Shake Ridge Road above historic Sutter Creek. Care is taken during final ripening to insure acid levels in the Barbera grapes are not too high, since acid balance shows off the fabulous Barbera flavors in the mouth.
Food Pairing Notes
Because of the terrific acidity, this wine holds its own against robust flavors. Try is with spaghetti and meatballs, grilled or roasted lamb, mushroom risotto or grilled sausages. Lest it be type cast, try it against Mexican dishes such as enchiladas or stuffed Poblano peppers.