Barbera D'Asti Superiore 2009 D'Annona 14.5% 75cl
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Intense garnet purple colour. Classic Barbera aromatics of salami skin with a hint of cloves and mint lead to a sumptious and crunchy palate of bitter cherries, leather and herbs. Silky tannins and reassuring acidity complete the picture.
This exceptional estate in the Monferrato hills was bought by Araldica in 1999. After 15 years of replanting, 70 hectares of the 102 have now been reclaimed and are in full production. The warmer, southwest facing slopes are used to grow Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet while those facing northeast give fresher growing conditions, ideal for aromatic varietals such as Brachetto and Moscato as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The 'Il Cascinone' range is produced with grapes sourced from Araldicas most prized vineyards, both on the estate itself and from other selected sites. The cellars were completely refurbished in time for the 2005 vintage.
In the Vineyard
From Barbera grapes grown on 60 year old vines cultivated in the d'Annona vineyard in the Monferrato hills.
In the Winery
Aged for 20 months in French oak barriques.
2003 Vintage: "Creamy red and black cherry characters on the nose, with light tannins, medium alcohol and a sweet-fruit finish. 'Nice, forward, plummy wine, loaded with approachable fruit and tannin', said Michael Davies." Sommelier Wine Awards 2009, Judges Comments