Barbera Grapes

Block 4 was planted in 2013 with UCD Clone 5.

Barbera Flavor Profile

Barbera is a red Italian wine that is the third most planted grape in the entire country, and it’s almost one thousand years older than Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet until recently Barbera was very rarely seen on the American market. Why? The Italians were saving Barbera for themselves!

Barbera was born in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, the same region famous for the Nebbiolo grape and the coveted Barolo and Barbaresco wines that grape produces. Many from this region refer to Barbera as “the people’s wine” because unlike Nebbiolo, which even when it’s not being used in Barolo and Barbaresco is still only saved for special occasions, Barbera is an every-day affordable stunner.

The wine, while very dark in color, is actually quite light in taste. Barbera has flavors of cherries, strawberries and raspberries, and when young can have intense aromas of blackberries as well.

Due to are constant prevailing winds from the delta, our vineyard stays on the cool side thus our grapes tend to produce wines with black cherry, blackberry and other dark fruits along with a slight minerality and “spiciness.”

This wine will age wonderfully for years to come.

Barbera Vintages

2016

In The Vineyard

Date Temp Notes
9/02/16 58^F Harvest
Grape Ripening Data
Date Brix TA pH Notes
9/02/16 27.11 6.05 3.28 YAN 228

2017

In The Vineyard

Date Temp Notes
10/12/17 55^F Harvest
Grape Ripening Data
Date Brix TA pH Notes
10/12/17 23.2 6.70 3.27 YAN 210

2018

In The Vineyard

Date Temp Notes
9/28/18 52^F Harvest
Grape Ripening Data
Date Brix TA pH Notes
9/28/18 22.55 7.17 3.35 YAN 329

2019

In The Vineyard

Date Temp Notes
3/10 45 Vines Pruned
Grape Ripening Data
Date Brix TA pH Notes
Block 4
Year Planted: 2014
Block: One (1) acre
Soil: Cometa Sandy Loam
Depth: > 72”
Elevation: 105’
Terrain: Slightly sloping toward the South
Row Orientation: 7.5° NE/SW
Vine Spacing: 7 feet
Row Spacing: 10 feet
Trellis System: Modified California Sprawl
Cordon Height: 60”
Irrigation: Drip controlled by soil moisture sensors
Cultural Practices: Spring, mow between rows, spot spraying for cleanup, Growing Season, mildicide application not needed, hand harvest