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The Barbera has beautiful berry fruit characteristics such as blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, and raspberry. The goal is to frame the fruitfulness with oak, being careful to not overpower the wine with oak. Extended oak aging balances the Barbera by adding some tannin structure in the mid-palate and softening the acidity at the finish. American oak aging adds some vanilla bean aromas and the French oak adds some baking spice or gingerbread spice.
TOM MYERS, Winemaker