Barbera d'Asti D.o.c.g.
A wine which is representative of the Piedmontese winemaking tradition.
While the origins of this variety are unquestionably ancient, the first records we have of it only go back a few centuries. The first written mention of Barbera is in a seventeenth century document conserved in Nizza Monferrato town hall; this notwithstanding the first official record comes from 1798 and the drafting of the first ampelography of the grape varieties grown in Piedmont. The first to sing Barbera’s praises in poetry was Giosuè Carducci who wrote of “generous Barbera”, a wine capable of making those who drank it feel strong.
More recently, Cesare Pavese, in one of his many letters, wrote of it being “legendary”.
The 2008 vintage saw conferral of DOCG status on the wine, further recognition of its great qualities. Montalbera calls its Barbera “SOLO ACCIAIO” to show that it “REBELS” against the majority of Barberas on the market today all homogenised under the flag of the “WOODY CONCEPT”. The consumer will find a wine which is extremely elegant, fresh and supple, with the fruity punch only obtained from harvesting slightly overripe grapes coupled with slow maturation in steel vats and then in the bottle.
Area of production:
Castagnole Monferrato, Piedmont.
Vine training system:
low trained Guyot system with 8-9 buds on the fruiting cane.
100% Barbera in pureness, harvested slightly overripe direct from vine.
traditional red method with pomace soaking in must for no fewer than 10 days.
maturation “exclusively” in stainless steel tanks and subsequently in the bottle positioned horizontally for at least 3 months. Longevity no less than 3 to 5 years.
intense purple-red with violet shades when young.
intense, persistent, strong and characteristic with hints of blueberries and black cherry jam.
good acidity typical of barbera, harmonious, with good body and balance, persistent and strong with hints of blueberries, black cherry jam, notes of black pepper and jam.
noble bordeaux 500 g – Uvag green color.
cork 26×45 single piece.
bottle 0.75 L.
from 13 to 14 degrees according to year.