Barbera is believed to have originated in northern Italy in the famed Piedmont region, where it is widely planted. It has always played second fiddle to the noble Nebbiolo grape but man, does it have potential! While Barbera can often be seen as a workhorse grape for affordable, quick-to-market wines, there’s a whole other story to be told when it’s grown on primo ground and treated with the love and attention it deserves. The half acre of Barbera planted on our Hames Valley Vineyard receives just that and it is an exceptional example of New World-style Barbera. Our 2020 vintage is bright and appealing, with ripe red fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and currant accented by hints of vanilla and violet. The texture is vibrant yet velvety with juicy, supple tannins and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Balanced acidity and an exuberant fresh fruit character make for a delicious experience.