100% Albarossa, a variety of Piedmontese grape, a cross of Chatus (Nebbiolo Dronfield ) with Barbera that was discovered in 1938 by Prof. Dalmasso of Turin who was searching for new varieties which united Nebbiolo’s elegance and color with the freshness and drinkability of Barbera. With the Controlled Origin Denomination (DOC) it has become more widespread and recognized over the past decade.
Grapes are softly pressed and de-stemmed. The must is then put into stainless steel tanks where the fermentation and maceration take place. Half of the wine is aged in barrique and the other half in 15 hl barrels for 18 months before being bottled.
Dry red wine with purple reflections; intense, enveloping, complex bouquet with a predominance of fruity and floral sensations along with a strong spicy component and notes of toastiness. Flavor is full, well-structured, persistent and harmonious, pleasantly fresh and tasty.
Pairs well with charcuterie, boiled meat, stews, roasts, and ripe cheeses. Suitable for dishes of red meat, chicken liver or giblets cooked with herbs; also pairs surprisingly well with all varieties of fish cooked with tomatoes, fried in batter or baked.
Albarossa’s fascinating character is captured best after aging.
Uncork and serve at 16-18° C in medium-sized goblets, rolling the glass lightly to aerate the wine.
Available in 0.75 liter bottles
Our 10 year-old Albarossa vineyard is located near Strevi at 350 masl and is characterized by white marl- limestone and south-west exposure.
It is not a very common vine elsewhere but is quite diffuse in the vicinity of Acqui Terme.
Classic Guyot training system with density of 4000 vines and yield of 60 quintals per hectare.