To the north-east of Alba, the small section of the Langa which includes the communes of Barbaresco, Treiso, Neive and S. Rocco Seno d’Elvio, is all intensively laid out in vineyards and the hills open out sweetly in immense amphitheatres to fall almost sheerly where the Tanaro divides them from the plain.
About 650 hectares of vineyards, from which are produced little less three million bottles of Barbaresco DOCG.
A wine of great prestige and tradition of Piedmont, made with selected grapes and aged in oak barrels.
For its full flavour and austere is suitable to be accompanied with important dishes.
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo grapes
Colour: brick-red in which ruby shades appear that tend towards orange over the years
Scent in perfume: composite and varied, characterized by harmony and completeness. The fresh fruit of the early months makes way, during later development, for the world of spices. Thus to the violet, the rose, the geranium and often to the apple and cherry there are added shades of vanilla, cinnamon and green pepper
Flavour: dry, caressing, gentle robustness, reveals consistency, race character and extraordinary aristocracy
Best served at: 18-20° C. – 65-68° F
Food matches: red meat, processed pork meat, hot hors d’oeuvre, cheese
Fining: 2 years in wood barrels
Size / Format: 0,75 l and 1,5 l
Ageing potential: up to 10 years after harvest
Nebbiolo is the oldest indigenous red-grape vine of Piedmont and one of the noblest and most prestigious in Italy.
Its name derives from ‘nebbia’, the Italian word for mist or fog: some say this is owing to the ‘misty’ look of its grapes, with their velvety covering, and others that it is because the late-ripening grape is often harvested during early autumn fogs.
Known also as ‘Queen of red grapes’ it is a finicky vine, requiring elaborate care and attention in order to thrive.
It is precisely for this reason that it has known both heydays and moments of utter abandon in the past, although local producers have remained faithful to it through thick and thin, continuing to make the great wines it is capable of producing.
Nebbiolo is a demanding vine, needing exactly the right soil type, a south-facing hillside, pruning and training.
A calcareous tufa-based soil is ideal for this vine that buds early – towards the middle of April – and ripens later than most other varieties, around the middle of October.
It suffers sudden changes in temperature but oscillations between day and night temperatures are an advantage during the grape ripening phase.
For a correct formation of tannins in the grape skins, south or south-west facing hillsides are required, where spring frosts rarely occur.
The Nebbiolo vine produces strong powerful wines, rich in alcohol, that express their characteristics after a period of ageing.
From the cultivation of Nebbiolo, Piedmont produces some of its greatest red wines, the pride of the Region.
Vineyard & Vintage Features
Barbaresco DOCG Riserva 2007
Production area: Neive
Farming: simple guyot
Kg of grapes per hectare: no more than 80 quintals/hectar
Wine per hectare: around 5.500 liters
Alcohol vol. (%): 14%
Sugar rate: 1,80 g/l
Total SO2: 96 mg/l
Free SO2: 32 mg/l
Total Acidity: 5,18 g/l