La Court Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza DOCG 2012

Michele Chiarlo

La Court Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza DOCG 2012 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.

93 Points

Wine Review Online

2012 vintage
91 Points

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2012 vintage
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harvest note

The year 2012 will be remembered for its dry, hot summer, which affected many Italian regions, and for the lowest yields of the last 50 years. Piedmont had a winter-spring weather pattern that was very peculiar: the absence of any significant rainfall in December and January, though with standard temperatures, followed by a truly abnormal February. Freezing temperatures with minimums of around -20° for a period of 10 days and exceptionally heavy snowfall for a total of about 100 cm, there then followed a very rainy spring, especially from mid-April to May 20th. These rainfalls created a precious water reserve in the soil, which was of great help during the 3 months of summer drought, characterized by very high temperatures, especially in August; said weather conditions were experienced throughout Italy. Despite the above mentioned water reserve, in late August the vineyards planted on calcareous and sandy soil and exposed to the south and west began to suffer when, unexpectedly on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, there arrived three days of heavy rainfall (average 80 mm) that were a real godsend, the benefit of which is incalculable and changed the fate of the harvest, contributing significantly to a very balanced ripening, particularly favoured by the meager quantity.

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: 3.66
ACIDITY: 6.27 g/l
ABV: 14.18%
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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