Portalupi 2017 Barbera, Pauli Ranch, Mendocino County
Vineyard: Pauli Ranch
Soil Type: River Rap Gravel, Pinola
Appellation: Mendocino County
Harvest: 9/28/17, 5.7 tons, 25.4 Brix, 358 cases
Production: 16 months, 50% New Hungarian, 40 %1 year, 10% year. Unfined.
Tasting notes: Sleek with formidable acidity, supporting a cast of dark plum, black fig, cumin and licorice. A touch of smoke and white pepper round out this wine in it’s endless quest to support rich Northern Italian cuisine.
Cellar potential: Enjoy now or age 3-6 years
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 multi-generation farmer. Our mission is to produce award winning, authentic Barbera. This wine is made in the classic d’Asti style Barbera with piquant, formidable , lively acidity and moderate flavor intensity making it one of the best food wines on the planet.