2018 Barbera – Macotera 09 Vineyard
Macotera 09 . Clements Hills AVA
As a varietal, Barbera naturally has lighter tannins and higher acidity than other red varietals making it a great wine to pair with a variety of foods. Our 2018 vintage boasts an intriguing herbaceous-sage quality that integrates with bright red fruit notes to create a complex aroma. Nine months of aging in French and American Oak barrels adds sweet tones that complement the natural acidity of the wine. On the palate, and through to the finish, the bouquet carries over and merges with soft spice creating a balanced wine.
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Sandy Loam. Derivation Granite Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSPHY||Sustainable Viticulture|
|TRELLISING||Vertical Shoot Positioning|
|HARVEST DATE||September 15, 20-21, 2018|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||25.0°|
|AGING||French and American Oak Barrels; 9 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||April 28, 2020|
Planted in 2001, our Macotera 09 Vineyard is located in the Clements Hills AVA with undulating topography and several vernal pools that we farm away from. The 34.41 acres sits on sandy loam, but also includes areas of clay-like soil that is moderately well drained.
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on
October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
Clements Hills AVA – The Clements Hills AVA is located entirely within the Lodi Appellation tucked beneath the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is comprised of 85,400 acres with 21,700 acres planted to winegrapes. The region has a wide array of topography with slopes and terraces of old soils and volcanic sediments that provide a diversity of microclimates; there can be a 30 degree temperature change over a 24 hour period.