2009 IL CUORE BARBERAWine Match Special Selection

78% Barbera
Dreyer Wine, LLC

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $18.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:560
formats: 750mL
released:Jan 3, 2011
date profiled:Jan 14, 2011
region:Northern California
AVA:Mendocino
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:25.9°
alcohol:14.7%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% American  
oak barrels:100% Used  
oak aging: 11 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
barbera 78%
zinfandel 10%
merlot 7%
syrah/shiraz 5%
 
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Winemaker Dennis Patton Notes
IL CUORE (eel quarry) Barber present this robust red wine styled after wines of the fabled Piedmont region of north Italy. Known as a rich, dry red wine it has been consumed at Italian tables throughout this region on an everyday basis for decades.

The greapes for the IL CUORE 2009 Barbera were harvested from three vineyards in Northen Mendocino County. All three vineyards are located on well-drained gravelly soil terraces above valley floors. Grape production is low from old vine plantings, resulting in concentrated flavors in the mature grapes. This vintage is a blend of 78% Barbera, 10% Zinfandel, 7% Merlot and 5% SYrah. The bright ripe raspberry aromas and rich cane fruit flavors offer attractive complexity. Berrel aging was ...more... completed in seasoned sixty-gallon oak cooperage to scuplt tannins and mature the wine, similar to the celebrated Barbera d'Alba of northern Italy. The wine has dark garnet color, is smooth drinking now with mouth-filling soft ripe fruit flavors. It drinks as a supple well-aged wine in its youth yet has aging potential for another 5 years. IL CUORE Barbera is recommended with lamb dishes, broiled salmon, smoked or slow grilled meat including ribs and creamy risotto. The natural acidity makes it a fine complement to aged cheeses.
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