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Oak Farm Vineyards

Oak Farm Vineyards
2015 Barbera, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Oak Farm Vineyards
2015 Barbera, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
Black ruby color. Aromas of salami, rose petal, juniper, fine furniture, and vanilla with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a complex, medium-long mixed berry jam, roasted nuts, chocolate ganache, and dried thyme finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A beautiful red that is at once juicy and masculine; beef and charcuterie will be a dream with this stately wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: salami, rose petal, juniper, fine furniture, and vanilla
Taste Flavor: mixed berry jam, roasted nuts, chocolate ganache, and dried thyme
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib, Lamb Chops, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A beautiful red that is at once juicy and masculine; beef and charcuterie will be a dream with this stately wine.

The Producer

Oak Farm Vineyards

The Producer
23627 N. DeVries Rd.
Lodi, CA 95242
USA
1 209-365-6565

Their Portfolio

89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
93 Oak Farm Vineyards 2015 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
90 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Tievoli Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Lodi 14% (USA) $24.00.
90 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Grenache, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Mohr-Fry Ranches, Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 13% (USA) $20.00.
86 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Salman Farms Off-Dry, Gewurztraminer, Clarksburg 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Shinn Farms Rose, Lodi 12.79% (USA) $24.00.
94 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
BR Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Lodi 14.6% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Lodi 14% (USA) $24.00.
87 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Sangiovese, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Tievoli Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
90 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Albarino, Lodi 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Petit Verdot, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
92 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Lodi 15.5% (USA) $35.00.
93 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Genevieve, Lodi 15.2% (USA) $40.00.
87 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 15% (USA) $35.00.
93 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Malbec, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 13% (USA) $17.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Rosé, Grenache, Lodi 13% (USA) $19.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Sangiovese, Lodi 15% (USA) $35.00.
85 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Albarino, Lodi 13% (USA) $19.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Fiano, Lodi 13% (USA) $26.00.
86 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Primitivo, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $24.00.
92 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Zinfandel, Lodi 15.5% (USA) $24.00.
92 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Raffaele Estate Grown Red Blend, Lodi 15% (USA) $40.00.
BR Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Estate Grown, Primitivo, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Tievoli Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
94 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Hohenrieder Single Vineyard, Zinfandel, Lodi 15.5% (USA) $35.00.

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.