Ric Forman and his wife, Cheryl Emmolo are offering their new release of high quality, limited production, Napa Valley Barbera in honor of their mothers, Annie Rossi and Roz Wallace. Both long-time, esteemed veterans in the wine business (Ric Forman of Forman Vineyards and Cheryl Emmolo of Emmolo Wines), this is their collaboration together producing high-quality, reasonably priced wines. This 2019 Barbera comes from Pauli Ranch in Mendocino County and is a classic Italian-style Barbera. It offers a full, spicy nose with great mouthfeel and red fruit. This is a fun wine to drink, with food or without, and a classic representation of this varietal. Ric's Napa Valley tenure began over 40 years ago in the vineyards and cellars of Stony Hill Vineyard, although most people recognize him as the man who helped put Sterling Vineyards on the map. Following his time there and at Newton Vineyard, Forman tacked on several consulting projects with esteemed wineries like Villa Mt. Eden, Inglenook, Charles Shaw and Kendall Jackson, but it was when he started his own label, Forman Vineyard, in 1983 that Forman's talent for cultivating steep, hillside slopes evidenced itself in his focused, racy Cabernets and elegant, Burgundian-style Chardonnays. 112 cases were produced.