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2009 Barbera

Appellation: Lodi

Vineyard: The grapes come from the Lewis Vineyard located on the Mokelumne River in the Lodi AVA. The vines are approximately 15 years old and head pruned.

Vintage: 2009 was an excellent growing year in Lodi, very similar to the North Coast. It was a cool, moderate vintage with rapid growth and a large crop. It was a superb vintage in Lodi. The Lodi winegrowers who still had grapes hanging were challenged in October with almost 3 inches of rain and humidity for the following week. It was necessary to thin out the vines after the storm.

Composition: 92% Barbera blended with 8% Syrah

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, gently crushed and fermented in one ton containers. After pressing, the wine was transferred to a mixture of neutral French and American oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Bright ruby color with fresh cherry aromas along with hints of licorice and jasmine. Light tanins and bright acidity with a rich bing cherry flavor and a lingering finsih accompanied by minerally notes.