Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2012

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The Superiore version of Castello di Neive's Barbera d'Alba is only produced in the best vintages and represents a selection of the best Barbera grapes from their Marcorino vineyard. Here, they follow strict green harvesting (removal of immature bunches) and plant only on south-facing slopes thus yielding a wine of great ripeness. It is made from 100% Barbera grapes and serves as a reminder of Barbera's potential. After fermentation, this wine is aged for at least 1 year in oak barriques (225-L French oak barrels) to round out the wine.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red, intense aromas of black fruits and licorice complement chocolate, mocha, and hints of Ti-Tree oil. Great acidity and well-integrated oak lead to great structure and a long finish.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with roast beef, Espagnole sauces, spicy ricotta cheeses, and even lamb curries.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Barbera d'Alba DOC
Vineyard name:
The Marcorino vineyard
Vineyard size:
2 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous Marl
Training method:
Guyot
Elevation:
825 feet
Vines/acre:
1,600
Yield/acre:
3.6 tons
Exposure:
Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
2004
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1985
Bottles produced of this wine:
6,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Barbera
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10 days
Fermentation temperature:
82 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking, Pumpovers, and Aeration
Length of maceration:
10 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques and Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
One-Four years
Type of oak:
French: Allier
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.5 %
pH level:
3.5
Residual sugar:
6.5 g/L
Acidity:
6.5 g/L
Dry extract:
29.0 g/L

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