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IL CASCINONE CROCERA BARBERA D'ASTI SUPERIORE

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IL CASCINONE CROCERA BARBERA D'ASTI SUPERIORECork

This is a fantastic Barbera without an eye watering price.

Piemonte, Italy
2013
14% ABV.
100% Barbera
75cl

£8.50

Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

The Crocera Barbera d'Asti is a deep, dark cherry colour. 

The nose is a lovely mix of dark cherry, damson, slight hedgerow, spice and a touch of smokiness. The palate is medium to full bodied, with dark fruits. Cherry, plum, more damson show well, with a slightly crunchy acidity and a lingering, savoury spicy note. This shows great complexity and structure for the price. 

About the wine:

The Barbera grapes are sourced from 6 hectares of vines on south east and west facing slopes, on the estate of Il Cascinone in the Monferrato hills of Piemonte.

While these grapes were planted in 2000, other grapes from younger vines are also included in the blend. After a careful harvest, pressing and fermentation, the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, of which 10-15% is new oak.

About the producer:

This exceptional estate in the Monferrato hills was bought by Araldica in 1999. After 15 years of replanting, 60 hectares of the 102 have now been reclaimed and are in full production.

The warmer, southwest facing slopes are used to grow Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet while those facing northeast give fresher growing conditions, ideal for aromatic varietals such as Brachetto and Moscato as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

The 'Il Cascinone' range is produced with grapes sourced from Araldica’s most prized vineyards, both on the estate itself and from other selected sites. Il Cascinone aim to make expressive, yet uncomplicated wines from good quality grapes. 

Awards:

'The Wine Merchant Top 100' 2015.

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