La Famiglia' Red Hills Lake County Barbera 2005

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About This Wine: Our Barbera is grown on the high elevations of the Red Hills in Lake County. The rocky deep soils from an extinct volcano aid in producing intense concentrated red wines. The immaculate fruit was picked at daybreak and de-stemmed into an open top tank. Minimal handling during fermentation allowed for the fresh red raspberry and cherry aromas to dominate. Barrel aging for 36 months in large Hungarian puncheons allowed for skin tannins to fully soften and integrate with the tannins from the oak. The nose is wonderfully complex - full of cigar, black cherry, with hints of dried herbs, and even some honey baked ham. The entry is bright with red fruit - the mouth lush with soft tannins and sweet oak, finishing with firmness and sweet oak. This wine pairs beautifully with beef lasagna, beef stroganoff, rosemary lamb chops, pasta with pesto and basil, tomato and basil pizza, veal scaloppini, roast beef sandwich, spicy roast chicken, and most heavy game. And for us, it is our “go to wine” for hamburgers!<br/><br/> About The Winery: Hello folks! We purchased controlling interest in Armida Winery from Robert Frugoli in 1994. Wow, it is difficult to believe more than 15 years have gone by since we began this grand adventure. On little more than hope, faith, and a little help from our local friendly bank, we jumped into the “family owned and operated” wine business with both feet. Bruce arrived having just sold his super successful home furnishings business in San Jose, and Steve brought his experience including stints as President of Buena Vista Winery and COO of Freemark Abbey Winery. Bruce’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with Steve’s wine industry knowledge, and a whole lot of hard work, has transformed Armida Winery from a sleepy little winery producing pretty good wines to a much more lively place focusing on ultra premium, hand crafted, single vineyard wines from the top vineyards of neighboring Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valleys.<br/><br/> We make over ten different wines showcasing some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma County including Maple Vineyard Zinfandel, Flora Ranch.<br/><br/> Zinfandel, Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Black Kite Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Pinot Noir, Castelli-Knight Pinot Noir, Parmellee-Hill Pinot Noir, Stuhlmuller Chardonnay, Keefer Chardonnay and Durell Vineyard Chardonnay. From our seven-acre estate vineyard we produce Il Campo (“Field Blend”), a delicious combination of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. We also produce “POIZIN” (Zinfandel), “The Wine to Die For,” and “ANTIDOTE,” a beautiful Pinot Grigio in cobalt blue half bottles.<br/><br/> Over the years we have met so many interesting people. Many of our best customers are our friends and we enjoying seeing them and being able to spend time with them. We don’t make a whole lot of wine, preferring to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. As such, practically all of our wine is sold directly to members of our wine club and those of you who visit us at the winery. Our wine club always gets first crack at our smallest production wines, a privilege they seem to enjoy very much! We invite you to drop by here any time between 11am and 5pm to try our wines and enjoy the ambiance of our hillside property and views. If so inclined you might want to bring along lunch to enjoy on the large patio overlooking the Russian River Valley, or perhaps play Bocce Ball on the court above the pond. We take our wines very seriously, but once they are “made,” we make sure to have a whole lot of fun.<br/><br/> On any given day you will find us working in the tasting room along side Janet or Kristina, tending the garden, fixing something (maintenance is non ending!), doing office work (not our favorite) or helping wine maker Jessica and cellar master PW during harvest. We will be sure to say HI when we see you!<br/><br/> Cheers!<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Appellation:</strong> Red Hills Lake County - Snows Lake Vineyard<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> 11/2/05.<br/><br/> <strong>Grape Varieties:</strong> Barbera<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 36 months in Hungarian cooperage<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.2%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.8<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> .58 g/100mL<br/><br/> <strong>Residual Sugar:</strong> Dry<br/><br/> <strong>Number of Cases Bottled:</strong> 300<br/><br/>

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Winery: Armida Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Barbera
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Armida Winery:
Hello folks! We purchased controlling interest in Armida Winery from Robert Frugoli in 1994. Wow, it is difficult to believe more than 15 years have gone by since we began this grand adventure. On little more than hope, faith, and a little help from our local friendly bank, we jumped into the “family owned and operated” wine business with both feet. Bruce arrived having just sold his super ... Read more
Hello folks! We purchased controlling interest in Armida Winery from Robert Frugoli in 1994. Wow, it is difficult to believe more than 15 years have gone by since we began this grand adventure. On little more than hope, faith, and a little help from our local friendly bank, we jumped into the “family owned and operated” wine business with both feet. Bruce arrived having just sold his super successful home furnishings business in San Jose, and Steve brought his experience including stints as President of Buena Vista Winery and COO of Freemark Abbey Winery. Bruce’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with Steve’s wine industry knowledge, and a whole lot of hard work, has transformed Armida Winery from a sleepy little winery producing pretty good wines to a much more lively place focusing on ultra premium, hand crafted, single vineyard wines from the top vineyards of neighboring Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valleys. We make over ten different wines showcasing some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma County including Maple Vineyard Zinfandel, Flora Ranch Zinfandel, Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Black Kite Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Pinot Noir, Castelli-Knight Pinot Noir, Parmellee-Hill Pinot Noir, Stuhlmuller Chardonnay, Keefer Chardonnay and Durell Vineyard Chardonnay. From our seven-acre estate vineyard we produce Il Campo (“Field Blend”), a delicious combination of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. We also produce “POIZIN” (Zinfandel), “The Wine to Die For,” and “ANTIDOTE,” a beautiful Pinot Grigio in cobalt blue half bottles. Over the years we have met so many interesting people. Many of our best customers are our friends and we enjoying seeing them and being able to spend time with them. We don’t make a whole lot of wine, preferring to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. As such, practically all of our wine is sold directly to members of our wine club and those of you who visit us at the winery. Our wine club always gets first crack at our smallest production wines, a privilege they seem to enjoy very much! We invite you to drop by here any time between 11am and 5pm to try our wines and enjoy the ambiance of our hillside property and views. If so inclined you might want to bring along lunch to enjoy on the large patio overlooking the Russian River Valley, or perhaps play Bocce Ball on the court above the pond. We take our wines very seriously, but once they are “made,” we make sure to have a whole lot of fun. On any given day you will find us working in the tasting room along side Janet or Kristina, tending the garden, fixing something (maintenance is non ending!), doing office work (not our favorite) or helping wine maker Jessica and cellar master PW during harvest. We will be sure to say HI when we see you! Read less

About This Wine: Our Barbera is grown on the high elevations of the Red Hills in Lake County. The rocky deep soils from an extinct volcano aid in producing intense concentrated red wines. The immaculate fruit was picked at daybreak and de-stemmed into an open top tank. Minimal handling during fermentation allowed for the fresh red raspberry and cherry aromas to dominate. Barrel aging for 36 months in large Hungarian puncheons allowed for skin tannins to fully soften and integrate with the tannins from the oak. The nose is wonderfully complex - full of cigar, black cherry, with hints of dried herbs, and even some honey baked ham. The entry is bright with red fruit - the mouth lush with soft tannins and sweet oak, finishing with firmness and sweet oak. This wine pairs beautifully with beef lasagna, beef stroganoff, rosemary lamb chops, pasta with pesto and basil, tomato and basil pizza, veal scaloppini, roast beef sandwich, spicy roast chicken, and most heavy game. And for us, it is our “go to wine” for hamburgers!<br/><br/> About The Winery: Hello folks! We purchased controlling interest in Armida Winery from Robert Frugoli in 1994. Wow, it is difficult to believe more than 15 years have gone by since we began this grand adventure. On little more than hope, faith, and a little help from our local friendly bank, we jumped into the “family owned and operated” wine business with both feet. Bruce arrived having just sold his super successful home furnishings business in San Jose, and Steve brought his experience including stints as President of Buena Vista Winery and COO of Freemark Abbey Winery. Bruce’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with Steve’s wine industry knowledge, and a whole lot of hard work, has transformed Armida Winery from a sleepy little winery producing pretty good wines to a much more lively place focusing on ultra premium, hand crafted, single vineyard wines from the top vineyards of neighboring Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valleys.<br/><br/> We make over ten different wines showcasing some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma County including Maple Vineyard Zinfandel, Flora Ranch.<br/><br/> Zinfandel, Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Black Kite Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Pinot Noir, Castelli-Knight Pinot Noir, Parmellee-Hill Pinot Noir, Stuhlmuller Chardonnay, Keefer Chardonnay and Durell Vineyard Chardonnay. From our seven-acre estate vineyard we produce Il Campo (“Field Blend”), a delicious combination of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. We also produce “POIZIN” (Zinfandel), “The Wine to Die For,” and “ANTIDOTE,” a beautiful Pinot Grigio in cobalt blue half bottles.<br/><br/> Over the years we have met so many interesting people. Many of our best customers are our friends and we enjoying seeing them and being able to spend time with them. We don’t make a whole lot of wine, preferring to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. As such, practically all of our wine is sold directly to members of our wine club and those of you who visit us at the winery. Our wine club always gets first crack at our smallest production wines, a privilege they seem to enjoy very much! We invite you to drop by here any time between 11am and 5pm to try our wines and enjoy the ambiance of our hillside property and views. If so inclined you might want to bring along lunch to enjoy on the large patio overlooking the Russian River Valley, or perhaps play Bocce Ball on the court above the pond. We take our wines very seriously, but once they are “made,” we make sure to have a whole lot of fun.<br/><br/> On any given day you will find us working in the tasting room along side Janet or Kristina, tending the garden, fixing something (maintenance is non ending!), doing office work (not our favorite) or helping wine maker Jessica and cellar master PW during harvest. We will be sure to say HI when we see you!<br/><br/> Cheers!<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Appellation:</strong> Red Hills Lake County - Snows Lake Vineyard<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> 11/2/05.<br/><br/> <strong>Grape Varieties:</strong> Barbera<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 36 months in Hungarian cooperage<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.2%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.8<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> .58 g/100mL<br/><br/> <strong>Residual Sugar:</strong> Dry<br/><br/> <strong>Number of Cases Bottled:</strong> 300<br/><br/>

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