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Charlie Barra was born to Italian immigrant parents and spent his teen years working in his father's vineyard in Northern California. In 1955, he bought Redwood Valley Vineyards, 175 acres of vineyards located at the headwaters of the Russian River. He worked with Kal Wente, Robert Mondavi and others to establish a variety-focused vineyard. He was one of the first growers on the North Coast to plant Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and over the next 35 years he added another six varieties.
The Barra of Mendocino wine label was born in 1997. All Barra wines are made from 100% estate grown, certified organic grapes. Still well into his 80s, Charlie continues to run the show.
The tasting room is located just off Highway 101 at 7051 N. State St. in Redwood Valley and is open daily.
2013 Barra of Mendocino Estate Grown Mendocino Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.64, 876 cases, $20. Harvest Brix 23.3º. Certified organic grapes. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Inviting aromas of cherry, baking spice and underbrush. Light to mid weight essence of fresh red cherry and cranberry fruits backed by ruddy tannins. A thread of herbal oak runs through the background. Bright and food friendly with some finishing length. Score: 88. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »