First label in 1985

Characteristics of the vineyard

Variety: 100 % barbera
Planted in: 1950
Surface: 2 hectares
Density of vines per hectare: 6000
Growing system: Guyot
Pruning method: 1 shoot with 8 buds
Height: 160-180 meters
Exposure: south-east
Composition of the soil: limestone and sandstone

The work in the cellar

Fermentation with the skins: 12-15 days
Method of fermentation: traditional technique of submerged cap
Refinement in wooden barrels: 2 years in French oak barrels with a capacity of 500-700 litres
Refinement in the bottle: 2 years
Cua Longa  reaches its climax 4 years after the harvest and maintains its balance of taste and richness in flavour for at least 10 years, according to the vintage
Medium production: 12500 bottles.

What wine guides say

2007: Mineral flavours and red fruits. Very robust, a hint of maraschino-cherries underlines the alcool strenght. (Duemilavini)
2006: As usual: a high-class wine. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
2005: Solid impression of dark berries and tobacco. Then pepper. Convincing concentration of alcohol, acidity and tannin. (Duemilavini)
2004: Sweet on the nose, intense with juicy red fruits and sweet spices. Same impression on the palate, dense, fruity and harmonious, delightful and full-bodied. Warm finish, slightly bitter. (Duemilavini)
vigneto-cua-longa2003: Ruby red. Notes of tobacco, violets, red fruits. Full-bodied and harmonious. (Duemilavini)
2001: Nice nuances of tobacco and English liquorice on fruity notes. Complex taste, very pleasant and fruity. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1999: It is complex and deeply satisfying, the palate reveals a soft, generous texture. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1998: There are garnet on ruby highlights in the Barbera Cua Longa that introduce a no-nonsense nose of blackcurrant and raspberry with earthy and balmy overtones. The firm, moderately sinewy palate is mirrored nicely in the finish. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1997: Scents of tobacco and green leaves. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1996: Dry and easy to enjoy. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1995: A clean and elegant red wine, perfect all the way beginning with the colour. On the nose, the wine presents many nuances like raspberry and mint, on the palate it is fully flavoured, with stimulating acidity. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1993: An important red wine, elegant and fine, well-balanced. High class wine. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1991: Notes of fresh grass, blackcurrant and strawberry. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1990: A saturated purple color, admirable ripeness, medium to full body, sweet, toasty vanillin (from aging in small oak casks), and impressive purity and balance combine to create an authoritatively flavored, complex, and decadent Barbera. (Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide)

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