Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC
Fruit is cultivated from estate vines that are 40 years old. The vineyard sits at 400m above sea level with a southwest-facing exposure. At harvest, grapes are picked by hand and yield 7.5 tons/hectare, well below the regional limit of 9 tons/hectare.
Bricco Barone is a lovely zone on the hills of Monforte d’Alba in Rinaldi. The Nebbiolo d’Alba produced from this soil is robust with great longevity. Loamy-clay composition with an elevated sandy content.
Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation using indigenous yeasts. The juice left in contact with the skins in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature, max 30-31° C (86-88° F), for 28 days. Dry racking follows, with transfer to oak barrels of 35 hectoliters. In barrels for 9 months, followed by assemblage in stainless steel, filtration, and bottling. Then, the wine rests in bottle at a constant temperature of 14° C (57° F) for three months before release. 90 mg/l of sulfur at bottling.
The wine ages for 9 months in large tonneaux barrels, followed by an additional three months in bottle before release.
With a ruby red color and maroon reflections that develop with age, this wine has delicate aromas of violet, raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco, and black pepper. It has great body, harmonious and spicy. Will age well in the bottle for another ten years to come.