2016 was certainly one of the longest-lasting vegetative cycle in recent years. In fact, from the end of February throughout March, the temperatures dropped and there was plenty of rain. The “late” cold led to a delay in the phenological phases of about 10 days. This delay was made up for during the months of August and moreover in September. Full ripening was achieved in all cases and wines show excellent balance, big bouquets and great structure. The good quantity allows 2016 to be remembered as an outstanding vintage.
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
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.Download wine's data sheet