Barbera

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At A Glance::
medium body, spicey notes, round tannins, bold flavor, smooth finish
Volume::
750ml
This is a bottle of Barbera wine produced by Hopewell Valley Vineyards - one of many New Jersey wineries

Medium-bodied with an intense ruby color, this Northern Italian variety displays a strong varietal character with aromas of cherries and raspberries. We are one of only two vineyards in New Jersey that grow and produce this exceptional grape. Our oak-aged Barbera is a well structured red wine with balanced tannins for a long, smooth finish. Ideal for tomato-based dishes, grilled meat and lamb. Serve at room temperature.  

VINTNER'S COMMENT:

This is a native grape from my mother's region outside Milan, in the Piedmonte region, on the border of Lombardi, is close to the village where my mother is from. There are three types:

  • Barbera D'Asti,
  • Monferrato, or
  • Barbato

Monferato is the varietal that originates close to my mother's village. I'm especially attached to this wine because of its origin and my upbringing. I grew up drinking, smelling, and even eating it! My grandfather used to put Barbera in everything. In soup or risotto he'd always add a splash in. He said it tied the foods flavors together. And when gathering with friends at a neighborhood bar, it was the standard wine on the table. So it's a great feeling for me to grow and produce this grape now, in New Jersey. I figured that because Northern Italy is colder than other locations, that it would grow well in New Jersey. And it's my understanding that for now at least, we're one of only two New Jersey wineries that grow this versatile grape. One prevalent characteristic is that its considerably high in acidity, and relatively lower in tannins than most other red wines. It's a wine that pairs well with acidic type foods, like tomato-based pasta, pizza. The acidity is what gives it's unique spicey, even peppery, taste. This is my favorite red wine. But beyond my strong childhood memories, I think this wine has its own personality and is very versatile: from being the everyday light, freshly made wine of the farmers and being grown in every backyard in Piedmont, to a well structured, aged, sophisticated wine that can sit shoulder to shoulder with any other red wine on the shelf.

Awards:

2013:
Silver - Florida International Wine Competition
Bronze - International Eastern Wine Competition

2012:
Bronze - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Bronze - LA International Wine Competition
Silver - Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition
Bronze - International Eastern Wine Competition

2011:
Bronze - Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Wine Competition
Bronze - New Jersey Wine Competition

2010:
Bronze - International Eastern Wine Competition

Bronze - New Jersey Wine Competition

2009:
Silver - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Bronze - Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition

Bronze - New Jersey Wine Competition

2008:
Silver - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Silver - Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition
Bronze - LA International Wine Competition
Bronze - International Eastern Wine Competition

Bronze - New Jersey Wine Competition

2007:
Gold - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Silver - New Jersey Wine Competition
Bronze - LA International Wine Competition

2006:
Gold - New Jersey Wine Competition

2005:
Gold - New Jersey Wine Competition
Bronze - International Eastern Wine Competition

 

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  • 4
    Very Good Red!

    Posted by Howard Pisetzner on 11th Jan 2016

    This is a delicious red wine. It is not too dry and has a terrific taste. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    BEST BARBERA

    Posted by Allen on 7th Sep 2014

    The guy at the winery who suggested it was spot on - it's peppery and full of character. Try it next time for something beyond the usual red.