Piedmont may be home to legendary Barolo and Barbaresco, but our winemaker friends tell us that juicy, easy-drinking Barbera is what they like to sip at home. Crafted by the renowned Claudio Manera in the low-yielding (but delicious) 2011 vintage, this ‘Superiore’ is a cut above the rest.
The best Barbera grapes are grown in the hills surrounding the cities of Asti and Alba, with the ‘Superiore’ classification signifying extra care in the cellar (a minimum of 12 months’ aging, with at least six months in barrel). Not only is this red a top-notch Barbera d’Asti Superiore, but Claudio went above and beyond, surpassing the Superiore aging requirement with an extra six months in oak. In the glass, look forward to the result – extra depth of rich fruit and spice flavor.
Name for the passionate Taurinis, the ancient tribe who famously defended beautiful Piedmont from Hannibal’s army, this brims with powerful black cherry aromas, with bold notes of mocha and ripe plum. On the palate, velvety tannins linger through the long, smooth finish.
The perfect partner for a bowl of Piedmont’s famous duck ragù, or a well-seasoned T-bone steak.