2012 Cantina del Glicine "La Dormiosa" Barbera d'Alba
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This lovely 2012 "La Dormiosa" Barbera d'Alba is an example of a dying art, according to Mr. Bruno, because it was co-fermented with 15% Nebbiolo. Hardly anyone does that anymore since Nebbiolo is far too valuable to be mixed with Barbera when it can fetch much higher prices and esteem as Barolo or Barbaresco. However, a small amount of Barbera was planted in his grandfather's Marcorino Nebbiolo vineyard so Roberto wanted to feature both together. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged in medium-sized Slovenian oak barrels for eight months before release. The Nebbiolo is apparent on the nose as it adds dried violet and rose petal aromas and savory notes to the bright cherry and blackberry scents of the Barbera. Juicy black plum and sweet cherry flavors come through on the medium-bodied palate and the wine finishes with semi-firm yet juicy tannins and fine acidity. Barbera is very versatile with a wide variety of food so this "Dormiosa" should pair well with lamb ragu, braised chicken with tomato based sauces, roasted pork or risotto.
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