Bray Vineyards Barbera California Shenandoah Valley Rosato 2007

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The is a small production winery in the Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills area in Northern California. This Barbera Rosato is a 3-time gold medal winner. Nice and dry with flavors of cranberry and raspberry and clean finish. Drink by itself or with grilled salmon.

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Winery: Bray Vineyards
Color: Rosé
Varietal: Barbera
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Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenandoah Valley is renown for the fine quality of the grapes grown there. Oliver and Robin Bray established Bray Vineyards in 1996 when the land was purchased from an estate. It had no roads or utilities and consisted only of grass, cattle, and oak trees. The property encompasses 50 acres of rolling hi... Read more
Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenandoah Valley is renown for the fine quality of the grapes grown there. Oliver and Robin Bray established Bray Vineyards in 1996 when the land was purchased from an estate. It had no roads or utilities and consisted only of grass, cattle, and oak trees. The property encompasses 50 acres of rolling hills ranging in elevation from 1100 feet to 1300 feet (335 to 396 meters). A seasonal creek crosses the property with mining excavations left over from the Gold Rush days of California. The soil is heavy with decomposed granite and is quite rocky in some places. Every weekend of those first few years, Oliver and Robin would drive back and forth from their home in Martinez to shape the land to their vision. They terraced the hills behind the winery to control erosion and allow the planting of vines. They removed huge boulders as they carefully prepared the land for their first plantings of Zinfandel and Sangiovese vines. They carefully preserved the seasonal creek that runs across the property, allowing the majestic oaks that line the banks to provide shelter for the hawks and owls that protect the vineyard from rodents. By 2001, Bray Vineyards was supplying Zinfandel and Sangiovese grapes to well known local wineries like Vino Noceto and Montevina-Terra de Oro and making a name for themselves and their grapes. But Oliver and Robin had bigger plans. They wanted to open their own winery. So, just as they had applied themselves to farming, they now applied themselves to learning about wine making. From harvest to fermentation, from bottling to the tasting room to retail sales, they immersed themselves in the science and the lore of wineries. In 2004, they brought in John Hoddy as their new winemaker and by April Bray Vineyards opened its doors to the public for the first time. Their first hit was the whimsically named BrayZin Hussy Red. A blend of Zinfandel and Sangiovese that was pleasant and easy drinking. Normally, Bray wines have a very restrained label in black and gold but, being true to her nature, the BrayZin Hussy won't play the wall flower! The Brays expanded their vineyard by adding new types of grapevines. Concentrating on varieties that would not only please the customers, but would also show off the varietals that grew best in the Shenandoah Valley climate. Bray Vineyards grows 18 varieties of grapes on their estate, including Barbera, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Portuguese and Spanish varietals like Tempranillo, Verdelho, Souzao and Touriga. Grenache Noir and Mataro were recently grafted into a section of hillside vines with the promise of creating new, exciting blends as well as some classic wines. With the introduction of the Spanish and Portuguese varietals to the vineyard, Bray Vineyards has fully embraced a future that features the uncommon (at least in the U.S.) flavors of Iberian grapes and wines. Expanding the market for wines made from grapes such as Tempranillo (considered Spain's Noble grape) and Portugal's Verdelho (a white grape that truly loves the Foothill summer heat) is important to the Bray's because they want to share the joy of a new and different wine experience with their buyers and visitors. Recently, Bray Vineyards has received attention from critics with their Barbera wines. Their 2004 Barbera won Best of Class award at the 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and their 2006 Barbera Rosato (a rose of Barbera) won the Gold Medal and Best of Show award at the 2007 Amador County Fair to cap off gold medals from events such as the Central Valley Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards, National Women's Wine Competition, and the Orange County Wine Competition. Sacramento Bee Food and Wine Critic, Mike Dunne, wrote of the 2007 Barbera Rosato "The 2006 version of this rose was the sweepstakes winner at last summer's Amador County Fair Wine Competition. The 2007 expresses the same sort of strawberry and cherry freshness and the same sort of authoritative swagger, so it could end up a contender in this year's sweepstakes voting, as well. It handled the spice and complexity of Kung Pao Chicken with aplomb, but it also has an accessibility that makes it refreshing on its own." The most recent addition to the Bray line is a natural companion to both the wine and the land itself. Bray Vineyard's Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from six varities of olives grown on the property. Lucca, Frantoio, Manzanillo, Mission and Leccino are cold pressed to extract only the best, highest quality portion of the oil. The Brays are proud of their winery, their wines and their olive oil. They invite you to visit them, whether you come to the tasting room, to their website, or to the many events in Northern California and Nevada where they pour wine. Welcome to the Heart of California's Shenandoah Valley! Read less
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Snooth User: thewineattic
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3.50 5
08/12/2009

The is a small production winery in the Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills area in Northern California. This Barbera Rosato is a 3-time gold medal winner. Nice and dry with flavors of cranberry and raspberry and clean finish. Drink by itself or with grilled salmon.


Snooth User: BarkingBigDog
33820945
3.50 5
04/08/2010

I am reviewing a bottle fo the source wine for the award winning rose - the 2007 Barbera from Bray. I adore the legendary SF Chronicle Rose winner that is made from the Barbera grape. This wine keeps winning awards because it is good and unique. But don't expect too much and you won't be let down. Barbera is inherently a lighter red so it is hard to give it a 5. Most of us only try the Italian Barbera d'Alba, but this Barbera is just as accessible but uniquely Californian. This terrior is UNIQUE and it works. It turns this lighter, non-tannic grape into an aromatic expression of a bouquet of flowers, and subtle cranberry smells. The palette delivers the the cranberry and rasberry and lemon zest on the finish. It is understandable why the makers would taste this and say, let's do a rose. What is remarkable is that this Barbera stands on it's own. SNOOTH - please break this varietal out in your system!



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