Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore

Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore - Cantina Brezza
Location: town of Barolo
Soil structure: clay-loam, sandy-loam
Trellising: Vertical canopy
Vineyard expansion: 2.1 ha
Pruning system: traditional Guyot
Exposure: a variation of Southeast and West

Planting with: 0.8 m X 2.5 m.
Altitude: 300 m
Plant density: 5,000 plants per hectare
Varietal: Barbera
Production: about 7,000 KG / ha
Rootstock clone: 420 A, SO4, K5BB
Year planted: 1942/1991

Soil characteristics
The SANT’AGATA FOSSIL MARL is the majority of the soil structure that characterizes the towns of Barolo and La Morra. Originated in the Tortonian age from a normal offshore sedimentation, it occurs more or less a sandy blue grey soil with local interbedded conglomeratic sandstone. A smaller part is represented by the DIANO SANDSTONE, that characterizes a part in the towns of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, and Barolo. It consists more or less of compact sand with a grey sandstone. The Barbera grapes produced in these conditions are of high quality with good acidity/sugar balance, especially in drier years.

Production process
Once the grapes arrive to the cellar they are immediately de-stemmed and crushed.
The must ferments for about 8-10 days. The maceration is normally prolonged for another 4-6 days, then the wine is maintained at a temperature of 18°C /64°F for the malolactic. Once the malolactic fermentation has finished the wine will go into our youngest (1-3 years) Slavonian oak barrels to rest for one year. Then after the wine will be bottled and let to rest another year in bottle before being placed on the market.

Serving recommendations
Barbera is widely considered to be one of the great red grapes of Italy.
The Barbera d’Alba Superiore is an important red wine of great structure, aged in oak with good aging ability. It is a wine that matches well with pasta dishes (tajarin with ragu, ravioli del plin) but it is also very common to enjoy this wine throughout the entire meal.

Guide Vintage Edition Score
Guida Vini BIO 2017 2021
I Vini di Veronelli 2017 2021
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2017 2021

2 Bicchieri Rossi; PTS 4: Partiamo dall'ottima Barbera d'Alba Superiore '17, succosa nei suoi toni di ribes e liquirizia, dalla bocca agile, vibrante e molto saporita.

The Wine Advocate 2016 2019 89
Corriere del vino 2011 lug-14

Collisioni e le grandi Barbera del Piemonte: L'annata aiuta un vino comunque fatto molto bene, uso sapiente del legno, caldo e morbido.

I Vini di Veronelli 2016 2020

2

BLINDTASTED – Andrea Larsson 2019 89/100

Medium deep ruby colour with a purple hue. Pure and modern nose with dark berries, plum and cherry paired with mild spices. Good grip on the palate, finely grained tannins and a vital acidity gives a lift to the sweet cherry fruit, balanced with a fine length too.

Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2016 2019

Rustica, golosa e centrata la Barbera d'Alba Superiore '16.

I Vini di Veronelli 2016 2019 88
Vert de Vin 2015 Spring 2019 92-93/100

The nose is elegant and powerfull with a fine intensity. It reveals notes of bakc cherrry, violet plum and small notes of liquorice associated with fine touches of flowers as well as a hint of leather. The palate is fruity, juicy, well-balanced and offers a beautiful suavity , tension, straightness as well as a good freshness. On the palate this wine expresses notes of black cherry, plum, black cherry and ripe, fleshy redcurrant combined with slight hints of nutmeg, leather as well as dicreet hints of tobacco and of salinity in the background. Tannins are well-built.

Vert de Vin 2016 Spring 2019 91-92/100

The nose is gourmand, elegant and offers a small richness as well as a fin grain. It reveals notes of fleshy wild strawberries, fleshy backberries ans small notes of blueberries, gray peppers combines with a touch of almond and nutmeg. The palate is fruity, suave and offers richeness, finesse, fleshiness, a nice definition, good aromatic purity and a fine acidulous frame. On the palate this wine expresses fleshy as well as juicy plum and cherry and small notes of raspberry associated with toasted touches, vanilla with discreet hints of chocolate and almond. Tannins are elegnat and well-built. Good length.

Falstaff - Barbera Trophy 2016 2019 91

Excellent

Falstaff - Barbera Trophy 2015 2018 88,00 -89,99/100
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 1998 2003 76
Vini d'Italia - le Guide de L'Espresso 2003 2006
Vini d'Italia - le Guide de L'Espresso 2000 2004
Vini d'Italia - le Guide de L'Espresso 2007 2010
Vini d'Italia - le Guide de L'Espresso 2008 2011
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2008 2011
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2003 2006
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2000 2004
I Vini di Veronelli 2000 2004
I Vini di Veronelli 2000 2005
I Vini di Veronelli 2007 2010
I Vini di Veronelli 2008 2011
Vini d'Italia - le Guide de L'Espresso 2010 2013
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2010 2013
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2000 2004 78
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2001 2005 79
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2007 2010 82
Bibenda 2008 2011
Bibenda 2010 2013
Bibenda 2007 2010
Bibenda 2003 2006
Bibenda 2001 2005
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2001 2005
Slow Wine 2008 2011 Vino slow