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August Ridge

August Ridge
2013 Barbera, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: .27%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26

August Ridge
2013 Barbera, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: .27%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spinach and kelp, honeyed cranberry, and cherry with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish displaying notes of nut brittle, spice, and forest floor with fine, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tangy, earthy table wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Savory, Non-Oaky & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: spinach and kelp, honeyed cranberry, and cherry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of nut brittle, spice, and forest floor
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Braciole, Grilled Pork, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tangy, earthy table wine.

The Producer

August Ridge Vineyards

The Producer
8790 E Hwy 41
Creston, CA 93432
USA
1 805-239-2455

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.