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Elio Altare Langhe Larigi 2013
In 1948 the Altare family purchased a farm in what is now the prized Barolo sub-region of La Morra which boasted 5 hectares of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto vineyards along with flourishing orchards. In the 1970s the challenging economic climate in Italy sent Elio Altare abroad in search of inspiration from the winemakers of Burgundy. He returned full of ideas to revitalise the estate such as using small oak barrels for ageing the wines and organic cultivation in the vineyards.
In 2016 Elio handed over the reins to his daughter, Silvia, whose passion and hard work has helped to cement the estate’s status as one of the most exciting producers in the Piedmont. The family’s Langhe Larigi is a soft yet intensely-flavoured wine which is crafted in limited quantities from Barbera vines planted in 1948.
On the nose there are rich aromas of cassis, blackberries, and dark plums while the palate offers crushed wild berry flavours and hints of dried herbs. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 18 months which softens the structure and adds attractive sweet spice and vanilla notes. This is an ideal red wine to drink alongside red meat or tomato-based pasta dishes and it can also be cellared for another five years or so.
Scarpa La Bogliona Barbera d'Asti 2010
This iconic single vineyard Barbera d’Asti is the wine that first established Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa’s reputation for masterful, matured Barbera in the 1960s. The venerable estate has been making wine in the Monferrato hills since 1854, but since the arrival of Mario Pesce half a century ago Scarpa is now known all over the world for its elegant, characterful Piemontese wines.
Barbera is one of Scarpa’s specialisms and the estate makes serious, age-worthy examples which remind of the region’s stunning Barolo and Barbaresco wines. La Bogliona is known as “the daughter of sand” thanks to the composition of the vineyard which is 40% sand and offers excellent drainage for the vines.
Following the harvest the Barbera grapes selected for this wine are fermented in traditional large conical wooden vats. The new wine is then transferred to 2000 to 10,000 litre casks for up to three years before being aged for another couple of years in the bottle. The result is a muscular, well-structured Barbera which displays intricate layers of dark fruit, sweet spices, and baked earth notes. The power of this wine makes it an ideal candidate for extended cellar ageing over the next decade or so.
Ca Viola Barbera d’Alba Bric du Luv 2014
Ruby red with violet undertones, the colors of the wine are evocative of the fruit aromas and flavors. On the nose, instant black cherry and plum, boysenberry and currant. Hints of freshly ground coffee intertwine with a sprinkling of cinnamon spice. On the palate, a good smooth structure with vanilla sweetness, tart red cherry acidity, and texture like strawberry shortcake- soft while refreshing. Full and ripe now, this Barbera will benefit from years in the cellar, where the tannins will mellow and more floral notes of crushed violets will take center stage.
This prime example of Italian wine is matched well with its local cuisine- enjoy with osso buco or roasted pork, alongside a pizza with rich tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella, or with truffled pasta.
A hardy staple of Northern Italy, Barbera grows well in the calcareous clay of Montelupo. Here, 60 year old vines are well established, and under the careful watch of master enologist Beppe Ca’Viola, the fruit is rich and flavorful. A long time consultant of major wine labels, Beppe turns his focus onto his own estate vineyard, producing wonderfully authentic and beautifully balanced wines. This Barbera d’Alba will continue to evolve in the cellar, with greater spicy notes of nutmeg and anise, and floral lavender and violet. Expect to be continually impressed by this wine!
Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2016
The story of the Vietti estate began in 1919 when Mario Vietti started to produce the very first Vietti wines. Over the years the family has made a name for the estate around the world and established themselves as one of the top Piemonte wine producers. In the last century Alfredo Currado played a critical role in the estate’s development when he made the decision to vinify grapes from single vineyard sites separately. Although seen as radical at the time, this forward-thinking approach is now used by almost all producers of Barolo and Barbaresco.
Amongst Vietti’s masterful bottlings is this sensational Barbera d’Alba which is crafted from Barbera grapes sourced from three top vineyards in Monforte, Castiglione Falletto, and La Morra which are planted on a mixture of clay and limestone soils.
The wine opens with intense aromas of red cherries and vanilla which evolve on the palate to cherry jam, kirsch and dried violets. There is a smooth texture, medium body and bright acidity which makes this an excellent partner for traditional local antipasti, hearty meat stews, and chicken or pork served with a tomato sauce.
Azelia Punta Barbera D'Abla 2015
This lively and vibrant Barbera is characterised by a mouth-watering freshness which lifts the intense dark fruit flavours and adds a distinctive touch of elegance and grace. On the nose there is an abundance of cassis, black cherry, and ripe plum aromas along with hints of wild herbs and baked earth while the palate offers rich berry flavours, a medium body and smooth tannins.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from 60 year old vines planted on a 0.9 hectare single vineyard plot in the Barolo heartland of Castiglione Falletto. The combination of calcareous and clay soils helps to create a complex wine which offers both intensity of flavour and mouthwatering freshness. The grapes are vinified using wild yeasts and then aged in small barrels for at least 14 months.
In recent years Azelia has gained a reputation as one of the leading estates in Barolo thanks to the hard work of owner Luigi Scavino whose family have been making wines here for generations. The estate’s vineyards are all worked manually and farmed organically, while in the winery Luigi prefers to use a light touch of oak with traditional large oak botti to allow the character of the grape variety to shine through in the finished wines.
Villa Giada Dani Nizza 2016
The Villa Giada estate boasts 14 hectares of prime vineyards in the village of Agliano Terme which has one of the finest terroirs for growing Barbera. The Faccio family who have run the estate for three generations farm all of their vineyards sustainably and the grapes for this bottling are harvested by hand in mid-October. Following vinification the young wine is aged in small oak barrels for a year and then aged in the cellar for a few additional months after bottling.
The nose opens with charming notes of morello cherry, licorice, and baking spice from the oak ageing. The first sip reveals a bright streak of acidity which perfectly balances the medium body, rich red fruit flavours, and elegant structure. The freshness and vibrant fruit character make this a good match for tomato dishes like pasta served with a rich ragu or a hearty lasagne.
Villa Giada is located in the gorgeous hills of Canelli in the heart of the Monferrato UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been recognised as one of the Piedmont’s most important winemaking regions. The family-run estate is currently in the hands of the third generation of the Faccio family who acquired the estate in the 1970s.