2010 Barbera

Appellation: Clements Hills

Vineyard: Lewis Ranch –The Vineyard lies at the very eastern edge of the Clement Hills AVA which is located within the SE corner of the Lodi appellation. The Vineyard is slightly higher in elevation and slopes down into the Mokelumne River. Clements Hills is characterized by rolling hills that emerge out of the San Juaquin Valley to form the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Clements Hills is distinguished by having different soils (loam and clay on top of granite and volcanic) with less vigor and is generally warmer with cooler nights and more rainfall than the West side of Lodi. The vines are approximately 15 years old and trellised. Lewis Ranch subscribes to the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.

Vintage: 2010 was an excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills.
It was an unusually cool summer that allowed for optimal ripening of flavor components. The more temperate, evenly distributed Delta climate may have produced an excellent, quite possibly the “best vintage” in recent memory according to the local growers in the region, while others said “the best vintage in decades”. Either way, 2010 was an exceptional year in the Clements Hills appellation.

Composition: 100% Barbera

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, gently crushed and fermented with the native or naturally occurring yeast from the vineyard. After pressing, the wine was transferred to a mixture of neutral American and French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in color with fresh blackberry, black cherries and currant aromas along with hints of violets and some licorice. Rich black fruit flavors on the palate with light tannins, bright acidity and a full mouthfeel balance this wine with a lingering finish. Try with tomato sauced dishes such as lamb ragu with paparadelle, pizzas, burgers with mushrooms or cheeses such as Reblochon, Tome, Gorgonzola or Piave.