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Twin Creeks Vineyard, Napa Valley


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Alcohol: 14.9%
TA: 0.85
ph: 3.43
Harvest date: 10/4/09
Production: 385 cases
Suggested Retail: $23.00





This is a particularly well balanced vintage, combining ripe, concentrated fruit and a supple texture with the firm, crisp acidity inherent in Barbera. Inviting  dark cherry, blackberry and coffee aromas lead to bright, ripe, mouth-filling plum, berry and black cherry flavors with hints of spice, and a touch of almond and chocolate.   The balance and acidity make it a versatile wine for a wide range of foods.

Napa Valley

This 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.

The main Barbera clone has small, loose clusters and small berries, in sharp contrast to much of the Barbera grown in California, which typically has much larger clusters and berries.   The clone is so obscure it doesn't have a formal name that we know, so we refer to it with the name of the UC Davis professor who maintained it.   What we do know is that its grapes translate into consistently deep color and concentration.

The 2009 harvest was in early October. The berries developed at a steady, even rate, leading to a good balance of berry maturity, sugar, and Barbera's classic acidity. The berries were small, intense and flavorful, and the balance is reflected in the wine.

Barbera 100%




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