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Pico Maccario Villa della Rosa Barbera d’Asti 2014

Aromatic, fruity, dry with silky tannins, consistently one of my favorite Barbera d’Asti.

Estate: Founded by brothers Pico and Vitaliano Maccario in 1997 with the land they inherited from their grandfather, the estate is located on the hillsides in the province of Asti 600 feet above sea level. The 70 hectare vineyard is one single, contiguous parcel and is the largest single-block vineyard in the entire Piedmont region. The rose is the symbol of their winery; there are over 4500 rose bushes on the estate, all of the same clone, and one planted at the head of each vine row. According to the brothers, the rose symbolizes “the twin themes of passion and rebirth, it has been said that it possesses the virtue of being able to repair the damage done while drunk and by the indiscreet, revelatory consequences of the alcohol”. The Villa della Rosa line “features high quality, attention to presentation, and easy availability on the market”. Produced with only estate grown grapes, this is their entry level line.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from soils that are very high in clay, which imparts a “full body and a silky texture”. Aged for 7 months in stainless steel to “preserve the freshest fruit flavors”, then an additional 5 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour, very aromatic with raspberry and strawberry notes. Bright fruit flavours of strawberry and raspberry echo the aroma; silky tannins highlight chocolate hints on the earthy, dry finish. Simple, with an easy drinking balance between bright fruit and the dry finish, fantastic with a wide variety of dishes.

100% Barbera
Barbera d’Asti DOCG
Estate Bottled by Pico Maccario s.s. agr
12.5% Alcohol
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