This is a beautiful, rich, but balanced Barbera. The fruit is grown on a South-facing slope on the Cooper Ranch and the vineyard is about 25 years old. Although a late ripener, this Barbera matured to perfection with lower yields (but very late) on October 26th in 2011 vintage. It has opulence, with a certain elemental juiciness, nuanced varietal character, and a pleasant spiciness. It has a robust character. It drinks with dense, layered complexity, and persistence. Stylistically similar to the better new wave barrique Barbera’s being made in the Italy’s Piedmont region. It is aged in 100% French oak.