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Albera Barbera d’Asti DOCG

Barbera was once known as "the people’s wine", for its versatility and abundant production. Monferrato is usually cited as the variety’s birthplace. Barbera ripens relatively late, as much as two weeks after Dolcetto. However it traditionally still ripens before the stately Nebbiolo. Its chief characteristic is a high level of natural acidity even when fully ripe, which makes it ideal for rich Piedmontese cuisine. At best it is deeply colored, with lush, plush tastes of cherries, raspberries and a bit of spice, and it is one of the least tannic red grapes in common production.

Owner: Claudio Manera
Website: www.araldicavini.com
Winemaker: Claudio Manera
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Barbera d'Asti

Vineyard Location: Asti
Orientation: South west
Elevation: 600-1,200 ft
Trellising: Guyot piemontese
Soil: Limestone and clay

Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 77-80°F; maceration on the skins for 10 days; complete malolactic fermentation

Aging Process
Aged for 12 months - 80% in large barrels, 20% in barriques; blended before bottling

Tasting Notes
Color: Ruby red with purple highlights
Bouquet: Elegant fruit aromas of cherries and plums with an enticing warm, spiced, smoky aroma given by the s
Flavor: Berry flavors paired with spiced and sapid notes
Pairings: Cured meats, game and cheeses

Alcohol Content: 13%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 48,000 bottles