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Barbera d'Alba 2011

Alba , Italy

100% barbera

Tasted August2013- Fruit is never an issue when you encounter a Barbera but what quality of fruit may present a question. It has the potential to be lean and pure, amazingly ripe and friendly or even robustly forward. In this case, we were presented with a yet another variation. The fruit here, straight from the nose, was dark yet amazing dry, spiced with licorice and clove in a compote of sweet blackberries. Imagine chewing a thick, black-skinned grape and savoring the intense extraction of fruit. It felt muscular and concentrated, juicy but not weighty. Weaving through this was an earthier, more wine-like profile, herbaceous in way with a soothing, warm aroma of chestnuts and freshly cut hay. Out of the gates, this was not a typical read of barbera. Then, a moment into things, we recognized the spirited acid! The tart red fruits arrived on the palate, glinting with almost an orange oil citrus quality which brightened the demeanor just enough, turning things thinner on the palate than the brooding concentration was suggesting. This is where "thick and thin" would make sense as a description. Tannin did not seem to be a factor at all, merely hanging in the background to watch until the very end, where a very dry finish carried out the conversation. Overall, this settled on being fruity (not fruit forward exactly) and friendly, with a few moments of pep and curiosity which revolved over the tasting without losing focus on its texture. A rather tasty glass of juice to drink, really without occasion, just for basic pleasure. The winery has had over a century of experience with the Barbera grape, so no surprise they have intentions on perfect expression. According to their notes, they state, "It is an enticing Barbera d’Alba with a modern taste. COLOR: bright and deep ruby red. PERFUME: vinous, fruity, with notes of fresh fruit, blackberry, jam, spicy and toasted aromas. TASTE: full and round, with balanced acidity and freshness." Agreed!


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The Label

Producer: Casa Vinicola De Forville
Wine (proprietary name): Barbera d'Alba
Vintage: 2011
Labeled as: varietal title
Country of origin: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Area/Appellation: Alba
Classification of Appellation: d.o.c.
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 14.00

The Winemaking

Winemaker: Paolo and Valter de Forville
Assistant Winemaker:
First Date of Production: founded in 1860
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking, sorted at table
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest:
Method of Crush/Pressing: mechanical press Press Type: basket
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: Y     Length of Soak: 1-2days
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: Y
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Stainless Steal/Inox
Size of Vessel: 1000
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Induced
Type of Yeasts: Native Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 0
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: Y
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Stainless Steal/Inox
Origin of Barrels (if used):
Size of Barrels Used: 0
Length of Maturation: 0 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: N
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): fine
Moved to Multiple Vessels?: wine actually is not aged prior to bottling. It is bottled directly fron the finale of fermentations.
Date of Bottling: 2012-04-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 0 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 14.00
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted:
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: SE, S
Soil Type(s): Mostly clayish with sand
Elevation of Vineyards:
Vineyards Description: Steep Slopes, Hillside
Average Age of Vines:
Farming Methods: Sustainable
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: the vineyards are located in the commune of Barbaresco.