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The 2016 growing season began earlier than previous years with warmer temperatures lasting through spring and into summer. The arid climate and ample sunshine led to an early bud break and accelerated vine growth. As we approached harvest, the temperatures cooled and grapes ripened to perfection. The grapes for our Barbera were sourced from Sagemoor Vineyard. This is a hotter site with nice aspect and it consistently produces amazing fruit with complex character.
Our 2016 Columbia Winery Barbera is an inky dark, red hue with aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberries. On the palate, jammy fruit notes combine with vanilla and cocoa. We purposefully kept the amount of new oak lower to let the bright fruit character shine through. By nature, Barbera has lower tannins and higher acidity and our wine stays true to that varietal style.