2015 Barbera, Cooper Vineyards, Amador County
Dick Cooper Vineyards, Amador County
The 2015 Cooper Barbera has a deep purple color with hues that have a carmine edge to them. The typical red raspberry, currant and cherry aromas are deeper and more concentrated and have become black raspberry, dark cherry and plum. The bouquet of hazelnut, almond paste, and toast frames the deeper fruits well. This is a rich velvety wine and the bright juicy nature has become more succulent and savory. There are loads of ripe red fruits on the palate, and with soft mature tannins adding richness and texture, this wine flows seamlessly to a finish of mocha, raspberry and roasted oak. Margie and I have been ‘test driving’ this wine since it was bottled in early November, and really like what we taste. This holiday season, the 2015 Copper Barbera was the perfect accompaniment to our Christmas Cioppino.
I can’t help out in the tasting room for more than an hour before someone asks me, “What’s your favorite wine?” My response often comes as a bit of a disappointment when I reply, “What am I eating?” But what I can truthfully say is that of all our wines, I drink more Barbera than anything else. It is such a versatile variety and compliments so many styles of cuisine that I find myself reaching for it with great frequency and confidence.
2015 is an exceptional year for Barbera. I am not a “vintage of the decade’ kind of guy where every year is ‘spectacular’; an insincere effort to hype the current release. So when I praise a vintage, I truly see it as special. Across the board and from all three vineyard sources, the 2015 Barbera has more color and substance than normal. The delightful aspect of this is that it is has been achieved without abandoning the varietal character that is Barbera; bright red fruits and juicy succulent flavors. As usual the Cooper Barbera has just a bit more oomph (technical term) to it, but the Amador County edition is right on its heels. When it comes to Barbera, you are going to be delighted with the 2015 vintage.
Varietal Composition: 100% Barbera
15.1% Alc. 0.71 g/100ml TA 3.42 pH
Oak Regime: 51% American Oak 34% French Oak 15% Neutral Oak
Released: January 1, 2017
Cases Produced: 810
Suggested Retail Price: $30
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