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Bella Luna Estate Winery

Bella Luna Estate Winery
2016 Siletto Vineyard, Barbera, San Benito County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Bella Luna Estate Winery
2016 Siletto Vineyard, Barbera, San Benito County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry nut bar, malt balls, bergamot, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with impressions of kiwi-melon relish, caramel apples, cedar, and pepper with fine, chewy tannins. A great new world approach to the classic Italian varietal that brings forth boatloads of fruit and chocolatey oak flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate cherry nut bar, malt balls, bergamot, and leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of kiwi-melon relish, caramel apples, cedar, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Rack of Baby Lamb, Chicken Fried Steak, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great new world approach to the classic Italian varietal that brings forth boatloads of fruit and chocolatey oak flavors.

The Producer

Bella Luna

The Producer
1850 Templeton Rd
Templeton, CA 93465
USA
1 805-434-5477

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.