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Andis Wines

Andis Wines
2012 Cooper Ranch, Barbera, Amador County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19.99

Andis Wines
2012 Cooper Ranch, Barbera, Amador County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Bright, oaky, fruity creamy savory aromas of ripe black currants, spiced mulberries, petrol - minerality, and butter cream with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, layered, quick finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. Nice juicy, almost buttery rustic component gives this wine food appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & savory
Aroma Aroma: ripe black currants, spiced mulberries, petrol - minerality, and butter cream
Taste Flavor: peppery, layered, quick
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Nice juicy, almost buttery rustic component gives this wine food appeal.

The Producer

Andis Wines

The Producer
11000 Shenandoah Rd
Plymouth, CA 95669
USA
1 209-245-6177

Barbera

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Barbera is a hearty, spicy red, produced most notably in Italy's Piedmont region as well as in California, especially in Sonoma, where it was brought there by Italian immigrants in the 19th century.

Barbera is a distinctive red wine as it has very high acidity as well as very light tannins. Given the acidity, it is an ideal choice at lunch with salumi, as the acidity cuts through the fat of the meat.

It is the most widely planted red variety of Piedmont and most versions are straightforward, slightly rustic wines that are meant for simple foods such as pizza and lighter pastas. However over the past twenty years, producers- especially in the Asti province - have made more "serious" versions of Barbera d'Asti, aged in small oak barrels. These are riper and more weighty versions, light years away from the traditional style.

California has some representative examples, with ripe blackberry fruit and light spice, yet Barbera has yet to receive the same attention as many other red varieties in the state. Most are best consumed young with grilled meats.