La Court Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza DOCG 2011

Michele Chiarlo

La Court Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza DOCG 2011 play

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Italy / Piedmont / Barbera d'Asti
Grapes: 100% Barbera

The 55-acre Tenuta Aluffi is one of the most prestigious estates in the southern part of Asti, near the town of Nizza Monferrato, a choice area for exceptional-quality Barbera. Within Aluffi is the La Court estate, with excellent soils of magnesium-rich calcareous marl and a beneficial south-southwest exposure. This jewel of vineyard land receives the fastidious attention of the Chiarlo family so that its old vines produce extraordinary grapes. Following fermentation in large oak casks, the wine is aged in oak for a minimum of 12 months.

92 Points

2011 vintage
90 Points

Wine & Spirits

2011 vintage
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harvest note

After unpredictable early summer months, late summer and fall resulted in splendid conditions for harvest. Harvest occurred early with 10% lower yields but excellent results, surely another prized vintage. A very important factor this year has been the management of the vineyards: decisive has been the working of the ground under the vine rows (between one rootstock and another) that enabled the ground to be aerated and to store both rainwater and nighttime dew without loss; moreover, given the climatic conditions, our agronomists wisely avoided carrying out any defoliation in August, thus ensuring that the bunches of grapes were better protected from the sun’s rays.

tasting note

Shows forward aromas of violets and spice before ripe flavors of black plum, dark chocolate and wild cherry. The wine has coiled, tangy acidity and a velvety texture.

food pairing

Pairs well with red meat, sausage, game and tomato-based dishes such as pasta Bolognese.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Barbera
APPELLATION: Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG
PH: 3.71
ACIDITY: 5.61 g/l
ABV: 14.25%
AGING: 1 year: half in large barrels and half in Allier barriques

points of distinction

  • A classic single vineyard Barbera from choice terroir.
  • Matured for 12 months in oak casks for greater complexity.
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“My aim has always been but one: quality.”

– Michele Chiarlo, Winemaker

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