Barbera 2012, La Stupenda, Mendocino County
The Opera Singer
The 2012 “La Stupenda” is our fourth vintage a small block of Barbera grown by Alvin Tollini. As a 100% varietal and vineyard, it truly showcases what the grape is capable of when grown in the right location. This wine hits the high notes with a power worthy of the name, but with the purity and clarity one would expect from “La Stupenda”. Drinking this Barbera with a meal may inspire you to write your own libretto.
This wine hits your senses with the full force of an operatic aria. Intense aromatics of spicy dark mixed berries swirled with whispers of oak and cedar hint at what will follow.
Big, bold, voluptuous flavors fill the palate with just the right balance of elegance and finesse so as to not overwhelm. Dark fruit—blackberry, plum and pomegranate—mingle with traces rhubarb and cedar. A firm yet yielding structure caresses the fruit, and reveals the stupendous potential of the wine with a bit more bottle aging.