Barbaresco Montersino, San Biagio, Piedmont, DOCG
Varietals: Nebbiolo 100%
Region: Piedmont; Alba
Harvest Method: Grapes are harvested In October, and the best grapes are selected during picking, and again during crushing operations. In keeping with a strict quality program, the yield per hectare is never higher than 5 tons/hectare.
Vinification: The maceration of the skins lasts around 35 days and takes place in heat-conditioned steel tanks. During this time, the cap is frequently broken gently, which is essential for the extraction of the finer polyphenls which give the wine overtones of sweetness and softness. Subsequent batonage stimulates the fermentation and enzymatic process, thus developing the etherial aromas emblematic of this wine.
Aging Process: Aged in small barrels of French oak holding 500 and 700 liters for 15 months, followed by a further 12 months in the bottle.
Aroma: Delicate, with fruity yet etherial aromas reminiscent of raspberry and violet that combine nicely with richer, more spicy notes including cinnamon, withered flowers, wood, roasted hazlenuts and vanilla.
Palate: Big, robust, full-bodied flavor which is equally smooth and well-balanced, making it a wine of great prestige and excellence.
Food Pairings: This wine makes a wonderful match (and holds its own) with full-flavored dishes.
Serving Temp: 18°-20°C/64°-67°F
Awards: Wine Spectator, 92 Points