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2017 Barbera New!
  Mendocino
  (750 ml) - $27.00 Buy Now!
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The major characteristics of Barbera grapes are their deep color, low tannins and high acidity. The vines of this grape variety are capable of producing large crops, which unfortunately increases the acidity and decreases flavors and tannins in the fruit. Al Tollini's vines are teenagers now and Al knows how to keep their youthful exuberance in check in order to harvest a moderately sized crop and deliver fruit that can produce a flavorful, full-bodied wine. The 2017 grapes were destemmed into an open-top tank where they fermented for 10 days; then the must was pressed and the wine racked to barrels to undergo a secondary malolactic fermentation which reduced the acidity. The shortage of the variety's grape tannins was counterbalanced by the additional framework of oak tannins from 10 months of barrel aging. New-age Barbera: bold fruit flavors with hints of blueberry, cherry, cedar and clove with a backbone of fresh and lively tartness. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.

[above] Jim, Al Tollini and No Mo inspecting one of Al's older blocks. The vines are planted on a six-by-six-foot grid without a trellis, allowing Al to disc in both directions in springtime. These vines are probably older than Al and were planted either by Al's father or grandfather.

Specifications
Harvested: Oct. 1, 2017 Sugars at harvest: 25.3° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 15, 2018 Cases produced: 306
Alcohol: 13.4% Titratable acidity: 5.7 g/L
pH: 3.65

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