Barbera d’Asti "Solo Acciaio"
(Case of 3 - Italian Red Wine)
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Unit Quantity: 750 ml
Montalbera calls its Barbera 'Solo Acciaio' (only steel) to show that it rebels against the majority of Barberas on the market today, which are all oaked. Instead, this is a wine which is extremely elegant, fresh and supple, with the fruity punch only obtained from harvesting slightly overripe grapes coupled with slow maturation in steel vats and then in the bottle. Traditional red wine vinification is used; with pomace soaking in a must for no fewer than 10 days. The wine is then matured solely in steel tanks and then in the bottle, positioned horizontally for at least 3 months.
Intense ruby-red in color with shades of purple and violet, the nose on this Barbera is wonderfully intense with characteristic hints of blueberries and black cherry jam. The vibrant acidity on the palate is typical of Barbera but sits harmoniously with a lovely, soft, medium body and persuasive flavors of forest fruit jam and juicy cherries along with notes of black pepper and bright spices.
Best to be enjoyed with
Barbera d’Asti "Solo Acciaio" by Montalbera goes very well with red meat... A wild boar ragu perhaps!
The Winery: Montalbera
The Montalbera Winery was founded at the beginning of the 20th century in an area located in the townships of Grana, Castagnole Monferrato, and Montemagno.
In the mid-1980s, the Morando family began expanding their property by purchasing land in adjacent territories and planting it with new grapevines, prevalently Ruchè; they continue to grow their landholdings. Today, a continuous stretch of vineyard-covered land encircles the winery. The vineyards are planted entirely on hillsides, giving the vines different expositions and soil, from clay to limestone.
A unique aspect that has always distinguished Montalbera in the Piedmontese winemaking landscape is that the winery sits astride two of the region’s most important winemaking zones: the Monferrato and the Langhe.