2011 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera del Monferrato Maraia

Year: 2011
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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2012 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #66

"A dark, succulent red, exuding black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Pure and focused, with a long aftertaste of sweet fruit, flowers and spice. Drink now through 2016. 4,250 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
The grapes used in producing Barbera del Monferrato come exclusively from best vineyards located in the community of Maranzana in Asti province. The vines are grown with Guyot (VSP trellised) system on hills with favorable inclines and terrains that are prevalently calcareous-clayey.

The grapes are handpicked, the berries are separated from their stalks and softly pressed. The fermentation takes place in tanks at controlled temperatures 30-32 degrees C. (82-86 F.) and after a 8-day-long maceration the wine is racked when the sugar has been almost completely dry. The wine ages for one year in small French oak 225-liter barrels and partly in traditional 30-100-hectoliter barrels. In this way the wine becomes more harmonious and it increases the finesse of its bouquet.

The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The perfume is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries, currants and sour black cherry. A light hint of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor is warm and robust, full-bodied, pleasant and balanced. This Barbera's sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course, meats boiled or roasted.

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