This is a dessert wine. The alcohol is consistent
with that category but the residual sugar is lower than typical at slightly under 4 percent. The combination allows the wine to balance noticeable sweetness and concentrated fruit with the firm, crisp acidity associated with Barbera; an after-dinner drink that invites a second glass. Goes well with berry flavors, and pairs surprisingly well with blue cheese....or just by itself.
vineyard is in Wooden Valley, in the southeastern
part of the Napa Valley appellation, on benchland
near two streams. It mainly produces high quality
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but a block of Barbera
represents an inspired match of climate and clone.
A sizable amount of second crop offered an opportunity to make a dessert wine. The grapes were allowed to hang as long as possible to support a dessert wine. Harvested in November, the soaring sugars allowed the limited production of a fortified Barbera dessert wine.