2017 Vietti Barbera d' Alba Tre Vigne

Year: 2017
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$23.95

"After its malolactic fermentation in small wood casks and a year in botte grande, the totally unfiltered 2017 Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne shows up as soft, immediate and rich, with nice little chocolate notes around the borders. Impressively, the various parcels of vines for this wine are all in the middle of the prestigious Barolo appellation. The word around the estate is that 2016 was a better vintage, but this was an attractive expression in itself and would be a hearty companion to any hearty pasta dish. About 28,000 bottles were made.

I tasted these wines just before lunch hour. Luca Currado always prepares two bottles of each sample for my tasting. One was opened at 10 a.m. (so about three hours earlier), and the second was opened just prior to being poured into the glass. The notes published here represent an edited version with reflections and comments from both bottles. Vietti likes to release his wines when they are in a more reductive state, so this two-bottle approach is much appreciated by critics like me because you gain a much better understanding of the possible evolution of each wine poured." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Grapes:
100% Barbera

Winemaking:
The grapes are selected from three vineyard sites located in Monforte, Castiglione Falletto, and Castiglione Tinella with 5.000 vines by hectare. The vineyards are almost 30/35 years old. Grapes are selected from the 3 top vineyards of Monforte, Castiglione Falletto and Castiglione Tinella. After pressing, the must is kept in stainless steel tanks for 12 days at 26°C-32° (78-89° F) for the alcoholic fermentation.

Aging:
The wine is then transferred to casks, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and aging. Total aging of 12 months in Slovenian oak casks, French barriques and steel tanks. Bottled unfiltered.

Description:
Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas and vanilla. With hints of violets the Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne is slightly rounder in structure than the Barbera d'Asti. On the palate it shows bright acidity, soft tannins with good integration of oak, good complexity and a lingering cherry finish.

Food Pairings:
Antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups/stews, pastas or with breaded veal, pork, chicken with light sauces.