Terra d'Oro Barbera 2018
The Terra d’Oro 2018 Barbera is lush and inviting, with aromas of bing cherry, plum, violets, pomegranate, earth, vanilla and clove. Intermingling flavors of herbs and fresh berries, and a round midpalate of fresh cherry lead into a clean finish of refined tannins. With its natural acidity, the Barbera goes well with richer meats and game.
Grown in northern Italy for more than 700 years, Barbera has been long celebrated for its role in Barbera d’Alba and Barbera d’Asti. Italian immigrants brought the variety in New World, where today it is often used in blended wines. But when grown here in the rolling hills of Amador, Barbera yields an elegant wine with layers of fruit and spice, worthy of being featured on its own. We blended Barbera from three of our estate vineyards—Shenandoah, Veauta, Montevina—for this single-varietal bottling.
The 2018 Barbera was fermented in stainless steel tanks and spent 45 days on the skins with pumpovers to coax color and flavor from the grapes while giving the wine a beautiful backbone of earthiness and structure. The wine was then aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak (20% new) to add well-integrated aromas of toasty oak to the finished wine.