Cantina Vietti Barbera d’Alba Scarrone DOCG 2017

$99.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Vinification

The grapes are selected from the single vineyard Scarrone planted in 1988 situated close to the winery in Castiglione. The vineyard is planted with 6.500 plants per hectare. For 18 days, the most is kept in opened stainless steel tanks for the alcoholic fermentation at 26-28 degrees.

Maturation

At the beginning of the malolactic fermentation, the wine is moved into French oak barrels and oak cask for 16 months. The wine is held in stainless steel tanks for 2 months before bottling. Unfiltered.

Appearance

Ruby purple colour.

Aroma

Intense aromas of concentrated ripe red and black cherries with vanilla and hints of brown spice.

Palate

With refreshing acidity, rich tannins, and on the fuller-bodied side for Barbera, the single vineyard La Scarrone has finesse, excellent balance, great complexity, integration and a long lingering finish.

Food Matching

Hearty stews, seasoned pasta and poultry with rich sauces, game, roasted red meats and sharp cheeses

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Barbera
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Brand Vietti
Vintage 2017

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.

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