Barra of Mendocino - Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Following in the footsteps of his father, Antonio Barra, and his maternal grandfather, Giuseppe Rovera (who immigrated to Mendocino County from Piedmont, Italy in 1906), Charlie began farming grapes in the mid 1940’s. By 1954 he had purchased Redwood Valley Vineyards, the ranch that is now home to over 265 acres of organically grown Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat Canelli.

The Barra vineyards have been certified by the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) for over 20 years now. But Charlie’s favorite saying was  “I’ve really been farming organically for 55 years…I just didn’t know it the first 30!” Prior to World War II, growing without commercial chemicals and fertilizers was standard procedure.

The organic fruit for the 2018 Cabernet was hand picked in late October from both our winery vineyard site as well as our home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards. After crushing and destemming, the wine was transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation.  We ferment all reds warm, and allowed the fruit to reach 80-82 F. Once primary fermentation was complete, the new wine was separated from the skins and seeds. The wine was stored in tank until malolactic fermentation was complete, and then moved to barrels for its final resting place.

Deep ruby in color with aromas of sweet vanilla, ripe currants, black cherry and toasty oak.  This wine exhibits flavors of cassis, dark plum, caramel and hints of dark chocolate. Soft, yet plentiful tannins balance out the velvety, layered mouthfeel.

18 months in 20% new French oak, 20% one year old and 60% in neutral  (Francois Freres, Taransaud, Seguin Moreau, Marchive).

Producer: Barra of Mendocino

Country: USA

Region: California

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Mendocino

Vintage: 2018

Size: 750ml