DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA
First label in 1996
I´m always in search of the great undiscovered qualities and the lovely surprises that Barbera has in store for us. Long life (20-30 years) is one of these qualities.
The scents, the colour and the structure evolve and maintain their highest expression, like in the bottles I found in the private cellar of my father short after he passed away in 1995.
Uncorking those bottles I got the idea of choosing the old way with a small lot of wine called Testimonium to testify the old winemaking methods. A wine like this is conceivable only in the best years, with very ripe grapes and totally sound skins.
These factors allow a long maceration: 20-25 days with the method of submerged cap. In this way we obtain a great quantity of extracts giving a beautiful garnet red, intense flavours of aromatic herbs and a rich structure.
The malolactic fermentation evolves only partially. The refinement in wood is made for 2 years in 700 litres wooden barrels and continues 2 more years in the bottle.
What wine guides say
1999: Transparent ruby red. Austere nose with undergrowth and jammy cherries. Full-bodied and harmonious. Remarkably smooth, with well-balanced acidity. Very pleasant mature notes of leather and cassis, dry and fresh finish with hints of violet. A wine with personality, between tradition and modernity. (Duemilavini)
1997: Slightly austere, with hints of fur and goudron. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)
1996: Very satisfying wine. (Vini d’Italia del Gambero Rosso)