About This Wine
Thanks to its extraordinary characteristics and structure, this wine has an excellent longevity. Its intense garnet color, clarity, and warm ruby-red reflections are indications of its extraordinary richness and powerful structure. The full bouquet is characteristic, complex and very persistent, the palate austere and warm, and its considerable full body accentuated; the wine's superb balance and harmony are further exalted by sweet tannins. This wine is perfectly accompanied by important traditional meat dishes: it is optimal with braised beef, game and aged cheese.
Wines of Piedmont
In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.
Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.
The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.
By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.
While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.
World Wine – Good medium red. Aromas and flavors of red and bitter cherry, cassis and caramel. Supple, creamy and sweet, showing the density and concentration of this vintage for barbera. But this firmly tannic, long and complete barbera is still a baby.
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