The Clesi Barbera is sourced from the Siletto Ranch near Holllister, California. Despite being a somewhat unfamiliar area to wine drinkers, San Benito is one of California's oldest growing regions. The warm days and cool nights are ideal for this grape.
Siletto Ranch, San Benito County
"In Italy, Barbera is a casual wine - it’s shared at the dinner table - never getting the credit it deserves."
Christopher Ferrara, Winemaker
Barbera is a wonderfully approachable wine. It's a medium bodied red wine, with flavors of bright fruit. It doesn't carry the strict tannin of Cabernet wines.
The joy of Barbera is in its versitilty and food friendliness. It is a go-to wine for novice and connoissuer alike. It boasts rich fruit flavors without being heavy or tight. The Clesi Barbera is inkier than most- the saignée method is used to increase the skin to juice ratio, thus creating a better extraction. For 14 months, 100% new French oak is used to age the Barbera--15% new oak and the remaining neutral.
Labeled by variety, even in Italy, Barbera is most common and widely planted in Italy’s Piedmont region. It is Italy’s third most planted grape, with Sangiovese being the first. Barbera tends to have high acidity due to the large size of the berries and lighter tannin structure with great color.