BARBERA D'ALBA DOC
Barbera used to be regarded as a humble wine in the North of Italy but today, thanks to cluster thinning and the abolition of chemical fertilizers, it has become a symbol of Piedmont all over the world. The fruity notes and structure stemming from the sandy marls are brought up in the glass. The aging takes place for 6 months in oak barriques and for further 8 months in stainless steel tanks.
It is located in località Rivoli in Alba, close to the “Rocche di Diano”, at an altitude of 250m a.s.l. facing south. The soil is rich in sand and lime, half the vines are 10 years old and the remaining 40 years old.
Between 20th September and 10th October. This variety is very sensitive to the weather conditions, it best suits hot and dry vintages as well as calcareous and well exposed soils.
The hand-picked grapes are collected in small baskets, then gently de-stemmed and crushed. In particularly cold and rainy vintages the volume of the berry increases due to excessive water absorption from the roots, so we drain the excess water. The wine undergoes fermentation and maceration evolving into a structured and balanced product thanks to the ‘delestage’ technique. After the drawing off malolactic fermentation takes place by means of natural lactic bacteria in the grapes.
Not very rich in tannins, particularly suitable to ageing in wood. Ageing begins in old barriques for 6 months so as to limit the toasted and vanilla notes and emphasize the fruity aromas. It is then moved to stainless steel tanks for other 6-8 months and then bottled with the utmost care.
Deep ruby red, nose brimming with blackberry and hints of spices. Rich and elegant on the palate, its pulpy fruit reminding of the pleasant nose blending with acidity and carrying through to its lingering finish.
Perfect with cold cuts , cheeses, rich starters and pasta dishes but also ideal with barbecues.
Excellent up to 7-8- years after harvesting, usually served between 18º and 20ºC.
Annual bottle production
Around 5000 bottles a year.