Vietti ‘Tre Vigne’ Barbera d’Asti 2012

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A dashing, vibrant Barbera emphasizing fresh fruit and bright acidity making it a versatile companion at the table.

Winery: The Vietti winery was founded in 1919 by Mario Vietti and is located in the Langhe region of Piedmont in northwestern Italy. Headed today by 4th generation winemaker Luca Vietti, it was his father Alfredo who is responsible for putting “the native Piedmont varietal Arneis on the wine map”. In addition to rescuing Arneis from extinction, Alfredo also introduced the concept of vinifying grapes from a single vineyard, which at the time was an unheard of approach. Taking over the estate in 1990, Luca has continued his father’s progressive concepts, such as taking an “intuitive approach” to measuring the acid and tannins levels, rather than using modern instruments. Luca organically farms the more than 25 single vineyards that contain vines up to 90 years old.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from organically farmed vineyards in Agliano d’Asti, “in the La Crena site with part of the oldest vineyards used for our Cru La Crena and other adjacent vineyards”. Aged for 14 months in “French oak barrels or Slovenian casks”, then for 2 months in steel tanks before bottling. Left “unfiltered to retain complexity”.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with radiant cherry aromas magnified by soft spice. Energetic and lively, this Barbara is absolutely beaming with bright cherry and red currant fruits. Silky soft tannins run parallel with a snappy acidity that lead to earth, black cherry, anise and soft oak spice on the vibrant finish.

Suggested Food Pairings from the Winery: Antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pastas, pork, chicken with light sauces.

100% Barbera
Barbera d’Asti
Italy
Estate Bottled by Vietti
14% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2018

Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator

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