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Barbera d’Alba “Serra de’ Gatti”

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Barbera d’Alba “Serra de’ Gatti”

The Barbera variety’s origins are extremely ancient but the first documents in which it is cited date to only several centuries ago. In fact, the first formal citation of Barbera appears in a document of the 17th century that is now preserved in the city hall of Nizza Monferrato. And it was first officially mentioned in 1798 when Count Nuvolone, deputy director of the agrarian society of Turin, drew up the first ampelography of the varieties cultivated in the vineyards of Piedmont. “Il” or “la” Barbera, as it was traditionally called by Piedmontese farmers, whose brusk and unassuming character is precisely the same as that of this frank and robust red, is one of the wines best known and appreciated throughout Italy for its generosity and strength. A. Strucchi, a noted Italian enologist, observed at the end of the last century, that “when Barbera wine has attained five or six years of age, it is as suitable for consumption with roasted meats as Barolo and is often preferred by many to the more famous wine.”

Appellation:  Barbera d’Alba DOC

Type: Red, dry.

Varietal: 100% Barbera

Certified Organic

Wine Details:

Tasting Notes:
Color: Dark red.
Bouquet: Ripe, dark fruit, bramble, and light spice.
Taste: Bright intense red fruit. Balanced acidity and very approachable.
Food Pairing: Red wine braised meats, roasted red meats, chicken liver dishes, cold cuts and cheeses.

Vinyard Notes:
Production Zone:  Priocca, Cuneo.
Vineyard: The Serra Gatti vineyard. The vineyard is bio-dynamically fertilized.
Soil: Sandy-clayey with gray-bluish marl resurfacing, alkaline pH.
Elevation: 250 meters (820 feet) a.s.l.
Exposure: South-east.
Vine age: 30+ years old.
Density: 5,000 vines per hectare.
Training System: Vertical trellised.
Pruning: Guyot.

Winemaking Notes:
Harvest: Mid-end of September, by hand.
Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation and maceration on the skins for 25-30 days in stainless steel.
Aging: Refinement: 6 months in stainless steel and held 3 months in the bottle before release.