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Barbera 2019, Tollini Vineyard

Barbera 2019, Tollini Vineyard
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The woods-roaming, rabble-rousing, debaucherous faunus; the spirit animal of this 100% Barbera pays tribute to our shared Italian heritage. This vineyard in the forested hills of Mendocino shows the best of Barbera. A more recent addition to the Tollini Vineyard lineup, first harvested in 2009. It is farmed sustainably with a commitment to the land. Lively and upfront, with all the attitude befitting a wild woodland creature.

Wine Specs
Redwood Valley
Harvest Date
27.5 (at harvest)
7.5 g/L
22 months in 100% neutral oak barrels
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The depth and intensity start with the nose as concentrated spicy aromatics of vine ripened blackberry and a brambly herbal quality appear. The focused intensity repeats on the palate where savory spices weave through black cherry, huckleberry, black raspberry, plum and pomegranate, while traces of dried sage and oolong tea enhance the wine’s depth. Robust yet so drinkable, this brawny beast will soon be a go-to favorite.
Vineyard Notes
Long time Peterson wine devotees might fondly recall the original Peterson Barbera that we produced from 1994 through 1998. The grapes came from a small block of Barbera that I planted in 1989 on the “bench” overlooking our red barn winery on the Norton Ranch. Though we never produced much of this Barbera, it was a wine we loved to grow and make (as well as drink), and it developed a fervent following among our customers. Over the last 20-plus years working with Alvin Tollini, I’ve come to respect his abilities as a grower and the suitability of his properties for producing intense, yet balanced red wines. When Alvin mentioned to me that he had a field on “Granddad’s Ranch” that he was ready to plant, I immediately thought of Barbera. I believed the site’s gravelly, well-drained red clay soil could produce a worthy successor to the Norton Ranch Barbera.
Winemaker Notes
The 2019 is our tenth vintage from this block. As a 100% varietal from Tollini Vineyard, it truly showcases what the grape is capable of when grown in the right location. This wine hits the high notes, with power and depth behind it, and a purity and clarity one would expect from this ancient varietal. Salute!
Food Pairing Notes
Delicious with a grilled skirt steak with pesto butter and fresh gnocchi, or braised lamb shanks with fresh rosemary served with oven-roasted baby red potatoes.

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