Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2017

The Superiore version of Castello di Neive's Barbera d'Alba is only produced in the best vintages and represents a selection of the best Barbera grapes from their Marcorino vineyard. Here, they follow strict green harvesting (removal of immature bunches) and plant only on south-facing slopes thus yielding a wine of great ripeness. It is made from 100% Barbera grapes and serves as a reminder of Barbera's potential. After fermentation, this wine is aged for at least 1 year in oak barriques (225-L French oak barrels) to round out the wine.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red, intense aromas of black fruits and licorice complement chocolate, mocha, and hints of Ti-Tree oil. Great acidity and well-integrated oak lead to great structure and a long finish.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with roast beef, Espagnole sauces, spicy ricotta cheeses, and even lamb curries.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Marcorino vineyard
Vineyard size
2 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Marl
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
825 feet
Vines/acre
1,600
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Exposure
Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
2004
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1985
Bottles produced of this wine
6,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Barbera
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
One-Four years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
82 °F
Maceration technique
Racking, Pumpovers, and Aeration
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French: Allier and tronçais
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
15.0% Vol %
pH level
3.4
Residual sugar
1 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L

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