Barbera d’Alba Superiore



Grape variety: Barbera d’Alba
Area of origin: Municipality of Neive – Estate-owned vineyard – Basarin
Google Earth Coordinates: 44°42’40.27”N 8°6’11.49”E
Total vineyard surface: 0.55 ha
Exposure: South / South-East
Soil: Tortonian soil rich in very compact blue marl.
Plants per hectare: from 3300 to 4200.
Vine training system: Guyot with 7-8 buds.
Harvest: By hand into crates of approx. 20 kg.
Average production: 70 hl. per hectare
Vinification: in oak barrels at 28 – 30°C for 15 – 18 days
Ageing: 40% in French oak barrels for 18 months, 60% in Slavonian oak barrels for 18 months

Colour: deep, purplish red with dark veins.
Bouquet: blackberry, cassis, plum, black pepper, tobacco, vanilla, chocolate and cherry.
Palate: full, vigorous and intense, with a good tannic structure.
Pairing: characteristic Piedmontese dishes, roasts, medium-mature cheeses.
Serving temperature: 18-20°C
Alcohol content: 14 – 14.5% vol.
Bottle sizes: 75 cl.
Bottles produced: about 4800
Note: made in very good and excellent years only