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Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC

Papagena

Grapes

Barbera

Area

Langhe albesi

Soil type

Medium mixture soil tending to calcareousl

Exposure and altitude

West- 270/300m asl

System

Guyot 4.000-5.000 plants/ha

Harvest

End of September, beginning October

Gradation

14,5% vol

Temperature

17-18 °C

Size

0,75 L

Technical notes

Vinification: the fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (28- 30 °C) with frequent pumping over of the must to optimise the extraction of tannins and colour. The maceration lasts around 14 days.

Ageing: the ageing begins in barrels made of French oak (Allier), in which the malolactic fermentation takes place before the end of the winter. The wine stays in wood for around one year, and is then bottled in January before further ageing in the cellars for approximately twelve months.

Tasting notes

Dark ruby-red, with purple highlights; nose brimming with ripe fruit – especially plums and cherries – with hints of spices reminiscent of cinnamon and cloves, merging into a fine balance with toasted overtones of coffee and cocoa. Starts out on the palate providing a warm feeling of volume and body, with the fruit blending marvellously with the soft tannins and the acidity, while its long finish is due above-all to the great savouriness featured in an aftertaste of blackberry jam.

Pairings

Perfect with big red meat dishes and with medium to mature cheeses.

awards

2016

Prosit

James Suckling

92

Wine Enthusiast

Editor's choice - 93 pts

2014

James Suckling

91

2011

Espresso

Wine Spectator

90

2009

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