The 2017 vintage growing year will be remembered for its April frost damage and very hot and dry climate. This is why the conditions were perfect in terms of plant protection. In September, temperatures dropped appreciably with considerable differences between day and night temperatures. This situation helped especially the polyphenolic profile of the red wine grapes with a medium-long vegetative cycle. 2017 can certainly be remembered as one of the earliest years with healthy and complex grapes.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Barbera
Growing Area: Monferrato area in the Asti Province nearby Nizza Monferrato
Alcohol: 13,50 % by volume
Food: It pairs with pasta, risotto, roasted meats, cheese, salami and typical Bagna Cauda.
No oak Oak
Colour: Deep ruby red with typical purple hues.
Nose: Wide, elegant, fresh, rich in scent of small red fruits, violet and ripe grapes with very pleasant hint of spices.
Palate: Fine, fresh, medium to full body, very well-balanced with silky acidity and long spiced finish.
Serving: 15 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 4 - 6 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 15 - 30 years
Soil: Sandy - loamy
Yield: 9000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrant table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur. After destemming, berries are hand-sorted on a second vibrant table and finally softly crushed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The must is cooled to preserve its best characters before fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature. The maceration is medium acting using délestage for over 18 days.
OAK REFINING: The ageing of 14 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).
CRUVA BARBERA D’ASTI is a contemporary traditional Barbera surprising for its very well-balance body and silky acidity.
Thanks to the soil and a meticulous execution, this wine provides a spicy enjoyment easily pairing a wide range of dishes.