Barbera d’Alba Doc
In Langa, the grape Barbera arrived in the second half of the eighteenth century and found many privileged environments, especially on the best expositions where the grapes ripen well and bring in wines with fullness and structure. This Barbera d’Alba is obtained from grapes from the oldest vineyard of Musso, those located in Rio Sordo, in the municipality of Barbaresco.
The white soil is made up of limestone with some layers of clay to give additional firmness to the ground. The exposition is one of those that are good to making great wines, a south-west, which stays all afternoon in the summer sun.
Soil: the land in Rio Sordo Barbaresco is predominantly limestone with frequent layers of clay, that gives thickness to the soil.
Altitude: between 240 and 270 meters above sea level
Vinification: After harvesting by hand the grapes and putting in small containers, they are are softly pressed and destemmed. The wine is made in two ways: a portion of the juice is fermented in steel tanks, while the other half performs the same path in barrels of 500 liters. At the end of vinification, two types of new wine are blended to find the best result.
Maturation: The wine aging follows two phases: first, the wine spends a few months in barrels of 500 liters and after matures in larger barrels of 20 hectoliters. All this for about 12 months before bottling.
Bottling: Barbera d’ Alba, after completing its time in the barrels, is bottled in the spring and summer of the second year after harvest. The bottles are then laid down and spend 5 or 6 months of aging before release on the market.
Tasting notes: the whole pride of Piedmont wine is summed up in the characteristics of this Barbera d’Alba: the intense garnet color with shades of ruby red hues; the scent is vinous, ethereal and decisively fruity, with notes of red fruit jam and brandied cherries along with toasty and spicy notes of cinnamon and vanilla. The taste is rich, warm, intense, with a good balance between alcohol and acidity and a structure that makes it resistant to time.
Food Pairings: it is the ideal wine for structured dishes and even a some rustic plates: starting with appetizers, it already pairs well with meat dishes, especially pork; Then the first course of stuffed pasta with flavorful sauces; Finally, stewed or braised red meats and well-seasoned cheeses.