The inspiration for this wine comes from spending time in Piemonte, Portalupi’s favorite part of the world where the Portalupi family hales from. This spectacular Old World style wine is a tribute to the great Barberas of Piemonte, Italy. Grapes for our 2017 Riserva Barbera grapes come from one of the most highly sought after vineyards in California. Shake Ridge Ranch is located in the Sierra Foothills along a ridge 1,650–1,810 feet above sea level, overlooking the town of Sutter Creek. Renowned grower, Ann Kraemer is one of the most highly respected figures in the wine world.
Handcrafted with influences of Italian winemaking practises, the barrel regime is 18 months in 50% new and 50% 1 year Hungarian Red Oak Barrels. Very Limited 45 cases.
Hints of licorice, dark plum and cumin intermingle in the aromatics. Flavors of black figs, cranberry and mushrooms are held together with firm acidity giving the wine again potential to 2026.