Barbera is an Italian grape variety that made its way to Amador County during the Gold rush of the 1850's and still thrives here today. The variety's natural acidity and deep color make it a great option for blends but also a wonderful stand-alone wine.
Very light cherry and strawberry aromas are followed by mild fruit flavors and a slightly gripping texture in this medium-bodied wine. It is delicate and aromatic, with very good acidity and a good alternative to a classic Pinot Noir.
Sourced from a high elevation vineyard in the Fairplay AVA of El Dorado County where the growing seasons are long, wines from this region develop full flavors and intense color. The Josephine soils of Hawk Creek Vineyard produce a Cabernet Franc that is very true to the varietal.
We seek the best vineyards in the region to create a terroir-driven red blend with complexity and balance. It smells a little smoky, but tastes moderately crisp and tannic with ripe fruit flavors to balance out the tartness.
This wine is robust in flavor, appropriately laced with firm tannins and begs for a dry-aged T-bone to pair with. It has a deep color, moderately spicy blackberry aromas, and a firm mouthfeel. Blackberry and subtle blueberry flavors push through on the finish.