James Suckling - 90 Points
Released in October 2019 with a total production of 1,988 cases - everyone at Bella Grace is excited about our new vintage of Amador Barbera.
21 Months - 30% New French Oak
The wine is a beautiful light garnet color with nice weight in the glass. On the nose, get hints of spice, developing with chocolate and craisin notes. The wine starts with bright flavors of ripe cherry, dark plum and a trace of fig. This Barbera has a lovely mouthfeel that produces a long and juicy finish.
The Barbera has a unique flavor profile, produced from independent barrel aging of five wines from diverse vineyards; Baartman, Cooper, Crain-Sleeper, Karmere, and Wilderotter. Each is family-owned vineyards and is within 5 miles of our wine cave.
Barbera is well-known as a late-developing wine grape, maintaining high acid deep into ripening. When it comes to sourcing from each vineyard, we will test and taste the fruit, patiently waiting for the right combination of sugar and for the acid to drop while still hanging on the vine. Each vineyard lot is harvested separately, based on our criteria for exceptional fruit quality. While creating more labor, this method produces wonderful diversity of place for our Barbera. The overall goal of our Barbera oak protocol is to frame the fruit, minerality, and body distinctive of each vineyard’s unique terroir. We age and care for each lot separately over the course of 21 months in 30% new oak. The 2017 vintage is a true barrel selection sourced from a combination of 225-liter French oak barrels, large 500-liter French oak “puncheon” barrels, and one 30 hectare-liter French oak barrel we affectionately call “Big Bertha.” Our cave-aging environment is unique to Amador county and maintains a stable 57-degrees every day of the year.
Food Pairing Notes
The wonderful acidity of the Barbera wine pairs well with robust food flavors. Try it with polenta, tomato-based dishes, spaghetti and meatballs, grilled or roasted lamb, mushroom risotto or grilled sausages.
(Dec 6, 2019 at 10:01 AM)
Received this wine as a gift. So good I didn’t want to share. Very smooth. I will be buying more to serve with Christmas Dinner. Prime Rib
(Nov 6, 2020 at 8:54 AM)
Fantastic acid and fruit! An ideal pizza wine or anything Italian. Really, really tasty.
(Dec 31, 2020 at 8:02 PM)
We drank this with Christmas short ribs (3/4 cup in the slow cooker, drinking the rest). Fantastic. Good fruit and spice, and stands up to meaty dish!