2014

Barbera d’Asti San Nicolao

Italy, Piedmont

3.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

Quintessentially Italian – bright morello cherry nose and palate, with a touch of raspberry – gentle tannins and refreshing acidity make for a crisp and invigorating mouth feel.”

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£9.75

MWS: 94

SKU: 1098. Categories: , .

Origin

Sourced from a mix of vineyards in the hills of Monferrato in the San Nicolao area, near the historic town of Asti.

Grape Variety

100% Barbera

Although Piedmont's leading black grape is the mighty Nebbiolo (the grape behind Barolo and Barbaresco) Barbera is actually the most popular and widespread variety - maybe accounting for up to 50% of production in the region. Not the tannic grip of Nebbiolo it often punches above its weight with its signature bramble fruits and racy acidity.

Grapes were harvested from 20 year old vines in the first week of October. Fermented for 15 days in stainless steel at a normal red winemaking temperature, with a further maceration to extract colour and tannin. Then aged in stainless steel for 6 months and a further 3 months in bottle

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 18 months

Producer

Terre da Vino encompasses over 5,000 hectares of vineyards cultivated by around 2,500 growers. This allows them to produce large quantities of wine, but also at a high and consistent quality level. Terre da Vino, not unsurprisingly, offer a large range of wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco, but their strength probably lies in the standard and style of their more generic wines and districts. What unites the range is their driving philosophy: "Only wines from Piedmont and only wines that have the appellation disciplined by DOC or DOCG regulation".

Food Match

Maybe obvious - but any meaty or vegetarian tomato based sauce with mid week pasta , accompanied with a rocket, shaved parmesan and balsamic salad.

1 review for Barbera d’Asti San Nicolao

  1. N
    3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This went surprisingly well with cheese. Nice flavours of cherries, fennel and subtle wood. It has a great balance of sweetness and acidity.

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