96% Barbera - Leventini Vineyard
4% Primitivo - Bella Vigna Vineyard
100% Lodi appellation
Our mature vines are grafted to an old clone which has been cultivated in the Lodi area since the 1880’s.
The fermentation was with a yeast strain that was isolated in Barolo and immediately following fermentation and pressing, it was filled to barrels for a malo-lactic conversion in wood.
Aging was for almost one year in cooperage consisting of 24% new French oak, 24% newer French oak, with the balance in newer, though relatively neutral, oak.
Bottled in August 2011; 13.4% alcohol, pH 3.59 & TA 6.1 g/l
Rich, deep and structured; with subtle berry aromas and flavors, a hint of chocolate, plus those of ripe stone fruits like cherries and plums; with a lingering, complex finish.