Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC

Made in only the very best vintages, from the vineyards of Cascina Valmenera, the heart of the estate. We call them “our stairway to heaven”, to quote Led Zeppelin, because the rows are laid out in an amphitheatre that seems to climb up into the sky. They enjoy southerly exposure and were planted by us. We carry out a very severe green harvest which results in the actual harvesting of no more than 4.0 tonnes per hectare. We make two thousand bottles.

Municipal district: Vezza d’Alba

Grape variety: 100% Barbera

Exposure: south

Altitude (above sea level) 300 metres

Soil: sandy marl

Vine training system: Espalier-Guyot

Age of vineyard: 30 years

Harvest: the grapes are harvested by hand into 20-kg crates. Late September

Vinification: fermentation with long maceration (at least 25 days); after malo-lactic fermentation, the Barbera is transferred to barriques that have already been used once

Ageing: 18 months in wood before bottling

Sensorial overview: deep ruby red with garnet highlights; complex, fully bodied with scents of ripe fruit and liqueur cherries; structured, pervasive and velvety, with just the right note of red fruit and blackberry jam

Serving temperature: 16-18 °C

Pairing: red meat, roasts, game, mature cheeses

Our recommendation: Piedmontese Fassone beef rib cooked on stone

When to drink it: by a roaring fire on an autumn evening