Estate: Ivaldi Dario is located in Nizza Monferrato, the historical heart of Barbera d’Asti in Piemonte, northeastern Italy. Guido and Francesco [Cichina] founded the family estate on the hard, calcareous land in 1921. Holding a Degree in Oenology from Facoltà Agraria (Agriculture University) of Grugliasco, Andrea Ivaldi is the 3rd generation of the family to head the farm.
Passionate about his history, land and indigenous grapes, Andrea practices low intervention farming on the 8 hectares of hilly vineyards. Chemicals and additives are not used in either the vineyards or cellar. He is dedicated to expressing the character of the grape and the distinctive land on which it grows.
Philosophy: “We don’t have any secrets; we like to make, drink and teach wine.”
Ivaldi Dario ‘1613’ Nizza DOCG 2015
Winemaking: South facing vineyards were planted in 1965 and have clay/limestone soils. Natural fermentation in cement barrels for 20 days, the must is mixed daily, followed by 12 months ageing in large Slavonian oak barrels.
Intended to combine the estate’s most prestigious wine with an important historical date, ‘1613’ is made in honour of a significant event in the history of the city of Nizza Monferrato. In 1613 Charles Emmanuel I of Savoy was preparing to invade Nizza. While the men of the city were out fighting the enemy, the women were in the church of San Giovanni praying for the safety and success of their men folk. On May 23rd, 1613, the enemy was defeated and while the women were praying, a lamp next to the stature of San Carlo without any light or oil, spontaneously was lit. Dubbed ‘The Miracle of the Lamp’, from that point on, the residents of Nizza have gathered together to celebrate San Carlo, the patron saint of the city of Nizza Monferrato. [So many thanks to Andrea for patiently telling me this beautiful narrative.]
Tasting Notes: Well balanced and well structured, with rich dark fruit, wildflowers, spice and forest floor underscored by vanilla and cigar box spice. An herbaceous streak carries thru to the velvety finish. Bright acidity and silky tannins are the backbone. Genteel, robust and refined.
Ivaldi Dario Barbera d’Asti ‘Piccona’ DOCG 2017
Winemaking: Grapes are from south facing vines planted in 1978, in clay/calcareous soils. Fermented in cement for 20 days, followed by 12 months ageing in cement barrels. This is the flagship wine of the estate.
Tasting Notes: Plush and round, with wild cherry, blackberry, raspberry, plum and crushed white peppercorn draped over a muscular framework of bright acidity and firm tannins. Wild berries and warm summer earth linger between each lush sip.
Ivaldi Dario Barbera del Monferrato ‘Cichina’ Frizzante DOC 2016
Winemaking: Vines were planted in 1987and are in clay/limestone soils. Fermented in cement barrels for 12 days. In the final part of the process the wine is filtered to stop the fermentation. Only a few grams of sugar are left in order for the wine to be frizzante. Named in honour of Andrea’s great-grandmother.
Tasting Notes: An engaging, savory character compliments wild berries, cherry, spice and earth. Light frizzante, bright acidity and black tea tannins keep this lively right thru to the dry, fruity finish.
Ivaldi Dario ‘Susbel’ Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG 2017
Winemaking: Grapes are from hilly vineyards planted in 1998 with clay soils. Crushed and destemmed grapes are macerated for 4 days until the wine reaches 2-3% alcohol, with extraction of color and sweet tannins. The wine is then filtered to stop fermentation. “Froth capture’ is carried out until the alcohol reaches roughly 6%.
Tasting Notes: Juicy, plump and sweet with red grape, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry gliding over balancing, crisp acidity and lithe tannins. A trace of rose petal lingers on the refreshing finish.
Ivaldi Dario ‘Ros du Su’ Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2017
Winemaking: Grapes are from east facing vines planted in 1975, in silt/clay soils. Fermented in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Super well balanced and citrus driven, like a sip of fresh lemonade with orange blossom and clover honey buoyed over peppy bubbles. A lively play between sweetness and racy acidity balances the sweet notes. Light, fruity and fresh.
Media event organized by Consorzio Asti DOCG, Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e vini del Monferrato and Consorzio per la Tutela dell’Asti.