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Gustavo Thrace Winery Barbera Sierra Foothills 2006

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"Finders-keepers" is what we thought when this fruit was first presented to us. It comes in from the Sierra Foothills where the long, cold nights mean an extended 'hang time' to ripen the fruit. Lots going on in this wine. It was bin-fermented and then left in the bins to extract everything we could before pressing out the wine into French barrels. Gustavo had never tasted a Barbera before this fruit came in and said he simply wanted to taste the fruit to decide which yeasts and barrels he wanted to use to showcase the fruit. The results are a rich, mellow wine. There are aromas of ripe plums, spices and raspberry. This is a great wine for braised dishes as well as hearty pasta dishes. Only 200 cases produced

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Winery: Gustavo Thrace
Color: Red
Varietal: Barbera
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Gustavo Thrace:
 As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region.Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that ... Read more
 As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region.Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that forever altered the path for Gustavo. Wine – the soil, the climate, the fruit and the people who labored to produce it – made an impression. Gustavo went to the University of Oregon on a baseball scholarship, but it was a short-lived adventure – his heart remained in Napa Valley. He transferred to U.C. Davis, and was one of the first Latino graduates from the oenology program with a degree in Fermentation Sciences. After graduating in 1976 Gustavo joined Chateau Montelena, the starting point to the art of his winemaking style. He would then join Mike Grgich as he opened Grgich Hills Cellars in 1977 – where Gustavo made wines for 23 years. Gustavo has produced wine under his own label since 1996. Today, Gustavo makes Napa Valley wines in a style inspired by old-world winemaking techniques with a dedication to small vineyards and the highest quality fruit. Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
05/09/2010

Aromas of ripe plum, spices and raspberries. Heavy, dark nose. Baking wheat bread with dark fruits. Hints of fig, licorice, loganberry and blackberry. Big and bold! - Tasted at Oxbow tasting room 4/22/10



"Finders-keepers" is what we thought when this fruit was first presented to us. It comes in from the Sierra Foothills where the long, cold nights mean an extended 'hang time' to ripen the fruit. Lots going on in this wine. It was bin-fermented and then left in the bins to extract everything we could before pressing out the wine into French barrels. Gustavo had never tasted a Barbera before this fruit came in and said he simply wanted to taste the fruit to decide which yeasts and barrels he wanted to use to showcase the fruit. The results are a rich, mellow wine. There are aromas of ripe plums, spices and raspberry. This is a great wine for braised dishes as well as hearty pasta dishes. Only 200 cases produced

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