As I’ve mentioned before, my sister spent a summer in Italy and is rather savvy when it comes to picking out engaging and fun Italian wines, so I was rather excited the other night when she brought over Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d’Asti 2010. Founded by brothers Pico and Vitaliano Maccario with the land they inherited from their grandfather, emphasis is placed on utilizing advanced technology and growing the vines in harmony with the soil and environment. The cellars are efficient and built from steel, and when oak aging is employed, there are many sizes, ages and types of barrels used depending on the varietal. The 70 hectare vineyard comprises one single, contiguous parcel and includes multitudes of red rose bushes [there are over 4500 on the estate, and it is the origin of the rose emblem found on all of their labels].
Cranberry garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of delicate violet, cherry and white pepper radiated from the glass. Vibrant cherry and raspberry flavours befriended slate minerals and dried rose petals along with hints of dense raisin in the medium body. Citrus peel drizzled with balsamic merged with earthy leather elements in the palate cleansing, abbreviated finish. Clean and dry with bright fruit flavours, this is a fantastic glass for the table.
Bottled at the Estate by Pico Maccario S.S. AGR.
Enjoy now thru 2015
*Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate