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Region: Piemonte

Barbera d'Alba DOC

Facts about this wine

Wine: Red wine
Taste: Dry
Volume: Medium
Min. alcohol: 12%
Storage potential: 3 years

Of the wines made from the Barbera grape, Barbera d'Alba DOC is usually the one with the longest shelf life and aging potential. The wine comes from the area around the city of Alba and is made from the Barbera grape (85-100%) with the permitted addition of the native Nebbiolo (0-15%).

Barbera d'Alba DOC is ruby red wine as young. With age, it becomes more garnet. The scent is fruity, intense and varied while the taste is full-bodied, dry and with a touch of refreshing acidity. With age, it becomes more and more balanced.

Although Barbera d'Alba DOC is surpassed by Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG, in the last decade it reached an outstanding level. The producer Angelo Gaja has taken the lead in the development and created the complex, round and very interesting 'Barbera Vignarey'. The wine is aged in barrels, a successful technique since it's now imitated by several producers. However, many still prefer the most common methods by using steel or concrete tanks.

Barbera d'Alba DOC must contain a minimum of 12% alcohol and the storage potential is 3 years.

To be enjoyed with the local stew 'Bolliti', sausages, semi matured cheese and gorgonzola.

If the label mentions ‘Vigna’ followed by the name of a place, it refers to a specific vineyard.

A barrel-aged Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC is also produced.

About Barbera DOC(G) wines

The label always bears the name of the zone where the wine is grown, which includes Barbera d'Alba DOC (depth and structure), Barbera del Monferrato DOC (generally the lightest and most often bubbly), Barbera del Monferrato Superiore (DOCG with greater demands for volume and alcohol) and Barbera d'Asti (DOCG, more accessible and refined).

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