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2005 Imagery Artist Collection - Barbera

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA

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SKU: 197467-2005
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  • California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Barbera is a late-ripening variety with medium to deep color, low to medium tannin, high acidity, and aromas of red cherry, raspberry, and plum. It is native to the Piedmont region of Italy, where the best wines are barrel aged to add complexity and spicy flavors. Look to producers such as Roberto Voerzio and La Spinetta for the best expressions of this varietal.

    Barbera’s high acidity and low levels of tannin make it a great pairing option for dark meats, steak tartare, herbaceous cheese, porcini mushrooms, and guinea hen. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 7 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors