Il Poeta Barbera d'Asti Superiore

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Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOC

Piedmont is home to legendary Barolo and Barbaresco. So, it’s perhaps easy to assume that the region’s winemakers drink rivers of these long-lived, expensive Nebbiolo reds at home – though this is hardly the case. Behind every talented Barolo and Barbaresco producer, what you will find is another worthy “B” wine: Barbera. Made with the same-named grape and prized for its succulent cherry-plum fruit and food-friendly acidity, it's a go-to red among Piedmontese locals. And this one’s particularly special …  Brought to you by grape grower Natale Seghesio and talented winemaker Paolo Sartirano (the dynamic duo behind our exciting il Poeta Barolo).

The quality-driven Natale (aka ‘il Poeta’) is among the last of Piedmont’s traditional Masuè sharecroppers, and not only tends to his vines, but famously writes a commemorative poem that tells the rhythm and story of the vintage (check it out on the label!). Working with Natale’s premium fruit – in this case, carefully selected grapes from the rolling hills of Asti, a mecca for top-tier Barbera grapes – Paolo takes over in the cellar. The ‘Superiore’ classificationsignifies extra care: a minimum of 12 months’ aging, with at least six months in barrel.

Look forward to a deep ruby-red color in the glass, with attractive aromas of red plum and mocha. The palate shows a lovely depth of ripe plum, cherry and smoky notes, balanced by supple tannins and a fresh, youthful acidity.

This is the perfect partner for a bowl of Piedmont’s famous duck ragù, or a well-seasoned T-bone steak – though it’d do just as well with lighter fare. Try it with a crusty panino, or a spread of marinated vegetables, olives and Italian cheeses.

And do order soon – limited cases imported.