Location: La Torre, Alba (Cuneo-Piedmont).
Position: altitude of 320 m. facing west.
Soil: sandy and calcareous marl
Grape variety: Barbera. Vines over ten years old. Manual harvesting with selection of the bunches.
Density: 4.400 vines per hectare.
Serve at a temperature of 18 °C. in tulip glasses
“Agnolotti” and “tagliatelle” with meat sauce, roasted, stewed and boiled meats, medium-aged cheeses.
The vintage 2016: Mild temperatures and low rainfall in January and early February. Spring began with a considerable amount of rain, though it did not cause any plant disease damage because of the not high average temperatures. The summer began slowly but extended until the end of September giving us very healthy grapes. All varieties including Nebbiolo achieved the full ripening. In particular, the second half of September was crucial for the components which will go into determining the structure of the wines, above-all as regards the accumulation of color and tannins.
Viniﬁcation: soft destemming and crushing, maceration on skins for 7-10 days and temperature controlled fermentation; it matures in small and large oak cask then in stainless steel tanks till bottling. Short reﬁnement in bottle before releasing
Colour: ruby-purple red
Bouquet: intense and fruity; hints of flowers and red fruits with a prevalence of ripe Marasca cherry.
Flavour: full, silky and elegant. Taste of mature cherry and plums.