This wine is made with 100% barbera from municipality of Castelnuovo Calcea. Its first vintage produced was 2010. This fascinating vineyard is located at the top of the highest hill of the La Court estate and has an exposure of 360 degrees surface area of the vineyard . Approximately 2.5 acres planted in 1964 in soil called the ‘astiane sands’’ which consists of calcareous clay marl of sedimentary marine origin with good presence of lime and sand, rich in microelements, in particular magnesium. Vineyard exposure is south / south-southwest, vineyard elevation is 250 above sea level. Thinning of excess bunches at end of summer, leaving an average of 5/6 bunches per vine production. Viniculture using the “Integrated Fight” system harvest: manual harvest vinification: fermentation in oak vats with maceration for approximately 20 days with the skins, the last 10 using the “submerged cap” system, at a temperature between 86°F and 81°F.

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage
Tasting Note

Ruby red with brilliant hues of purple. The nose is intense, elegant and complex with notes of small black fruits, black cherry rhubarb and chocolate. The taste has an excellent impact with a velvety harmony, silky and fresh and a persistent long-lasting finish.

Food Pairing

Agnolotti with a roasted meat sauce, tagliolini with porcini, braised lamb and well-matured cheeses.

Unique Selling Points
  • Produced only in excellent vintages with very limited quantities
  • Vineyard plot is located at the top of the highest hill of the La Court estate
  • Very low yield, hand harvested with summer thinning of excess bunches
  • Nizza DOCG - Previously part of Barbera d'Asti DOCG, elevated to its own DOCG in 2014
  • Label created by Ugo Nespolo, one of the greatest exponents of Italian Pop Art

Vineyard Details

La Court
La Court is a single Barbera d’Asti vineyard of 6 hectares purchased in 1995 as part of the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. Planted in 1973, the vineyard has soils of calcareous marl poor in organic content but rich in magnesium, and a south-southwest exposure at 240 meters elevation.

About the Grape

Barbera
With relatively high acidity with low tannins, Barbera’s tart red berry aromas and flavors have spicy, herbal notes. Styles range from light quaffers to dense, concentrated wines for aging.
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