Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont
We are extremely fond of Massolino and are thrilled that the Barbera is an affordable entry into the wines of Piedmont. The Massolino family has been making wine since 1896 - four generations. Founder Giovanni, passed the vineyards to his children Giusseppe and Angela who extended the land holdings and built the first cellar on the estate in the 1930's. Currently, the Massolino winery produces about 120,000 bottles each year, including Chardonnay, Barbera d’Alba, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Moscato d’Asti and Barolo. Barbera's textbook savoury and sour cherry notes are best grown on the rolling hills of Alba, with clay, limestone and chalky soils. Labelled as Barbera d'Alba, the wine must be made of at least 85% Barbera and can contain up to 15% Nebbiolo. Enjoy the freshness of the wine today, but you may also hold until 2018. Serve slightly chilled to 16 degrees Celsius.
Rich purple core that turns more raspberry along the edges.
With no oak used, the fruit is expressive and pure. Raspberry, cassis, cherry, and purple flower perfumes. The aromas are bright and pretty and allow some spice to show with time swirled in the glass.
Barbera has naturally low tannin and high acidity, which is what we find here. The acid is bold and consistent through the palate with no astringency or bitterness to follow. Similar to the nose, but with more emphasis on cherry, floral, spice and even pomegranate. This is the type of wine you enjoy immensely with little effort.
Orecchiette bolognese with chestnuts elevates a simple recipe and adds savoury undertones to the wine.