domingo, 31 de marzo de 2013

Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba DOC, Pio Cesare 2010


PIO CESARE BARBERA D´ALBA DOC, PIO CESARE 2010

- Tasting Notes: "Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba is a unique wine – full and brave, rich and aristocratic, yet soft and supple. It has an intense ruby colour with garnet reflections. The nose has dark cherry tones with tobacco and toasty hints and the palate is plummy with spicy ripe fruit and blackberry overtones". farehamwinecellar

- Winery: Pio Cesare is an historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. It is based in Alba in the heart of the Piemonte region, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding hills provide a handful of ideal exposures for grape growing with unique micro-climates. The confluence of cold Alpine air with warm maritime moisture regularly creates a misty glow, or ‘nebbia’, over these foothills, hence Nebbiolo, the great red variety of the region. This Barbera is a wine quite different from many other Barbera. This might be due to the fact that Cesare's Barbera grapes are grown alongside the Nebbiolo grapes. This, combined with the extensive barrel ageing, results in a wine with the strength and wild energy of a Barbera, but the refined elegance of Barolo. The grapes for the Barbera d’Alba come from the family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d'Alba and Grinzane Cavour, together with other vineyards belonging to historical suppliers who have been selling their grapes to Pio Cesare generations, working their vineyards according to Cesare's directions and strict quality controls. There is 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak, 30 percent in mid-toasted barriques and 70 percent in 20 to 50 hectoliter casks. 100% Barbera.

- Price: £14.99

BARBERA D´ALBA

Barbera d'Alba is a key DOC of Piedmont, north-western Italy, famed for its tangy, cherry-like red wines made from Barbera grapes.

Barbera (like so many Italian wine grape varieties) has ancient origins, although it has only been traceably documented since the 17th century. It was first cited in an official document in 1798, by Count Giuseppe Nuvolone-Pergamo of Scandaluzzo, deputy director of the Società Agraria di Torino (Agrarian Society of Turin). The count is credited with creating the first definitive list of Piedmont's wine grape varieties. Barbera-based wines were well regarded even
then, for their rustic yet generous character. They and were a favorite among Savoyard army officers, who considered the wine a "sincere companion", which helped them maintain their courage in battle.

The Alba viticultural area covers both the town of Alba and the surrounding Langhe hills, and overlaps with those of Piedmont's two most famous red wines - Barolo and Barbaresco. All around Alba, are the kind of rolling hills which have come to symbolize the Piedmontese landscape. Barbera vines thrive in the chalky, limestone-rich clay soils here. The best Barbera d'Alba wines are sourced from hillside vineyard sites close to Barolo.

Barbera d'Alba wines are generally esteemed for their deep color, low tannins and high levels of acidity. When young they offer fresh flavors of cherries, blueberries and raspberries. Relatively rich, bold and flavorful, the most powerful examples might just be compared to Barolo or Barbaresco. There is a distinct difference between Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d'Asti - its counterpart from the neighboring Asti province, which is generally considered more lively and 'feminine'.

References: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher 

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