2020 Portalupi Barbera "Pauli Ranch'
Mendocino County, California
100% Barbera, aged in Hungarian oak for 16 months (50% new, 40% second use, 10% neutral). This wine is made in the Classy d’Asti style Barbera with piquant, formidable , lively acidity and moderate flavor intensity. Sleek with formidable acidity, supporting a cast of dark plum, black fig, cumin and licorice. A hint of carbonara, and white pepper round out this wine in it’s endless quest to support rich Northern Italian cuisine.
From the "Pauli Ranch Vineyard," located close to Ukiah, bordering the Redwood Valley AVA, where the Russian River flows the length of the Ukiah Valley and has been its defining landmark for eons. The fertile flood plain of this storied waterway is flanked by miles of benchland, pinole soils. The two topographies create a superb growing region reminiscent of the Medoc. The Pauli family is a multigeneration farmer.