Cipressi gets its name from the cipressi or cypress trees atop one of the hillsides of the estate. The Barbera grapes are from the well-exposed vineyards from the famed La Court estate. The soil is called astiane (meaning of Asti) sands and consists of calcareous-clay marl of sedimentary marine origin with a good presence of lime and sand and rich in microelements, particularly magnesium. Following fermentation, the wine is aged for one year in large oak casks before refinement in the barrel. Nizza was previously part of the Barbera d’Asti DOCG but was elevated to its own DOCG in 2014.

Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage began with a winter season with mild temperatures and little rainfall. The first part of spring was relatively dry and sunny, and March and April enjoyed good weather and mild temperatures. In May, an unstable climate recorded a considerable number of rainy days, lasting until late June. This slowed down vegetative development but allowed for an accumulation of water in the ground. It was a generally abundant vintage, although thinning brought quantities back to normal. Overall, the climate was ideal, with a final sprint of bright days and excellent temperature range between day and night from mid-August to late September, conditions that characterize great vintages.
Tasting Note
A bright ruby red, this wine has notes of violets, blackberries, raspberries and spices. It is a full bodied, well-structured, and harmonious wine. The finish is long and savory.
Food Pairing
Cured meats, pasta with meat sauce, steak, risotto
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Barbera
PH: 3.52
ACIDITY: 6.0 g/l
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: Minimum of 18 months. Aged for 12 months in large oak casks before refinement in the bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • Nizza DOCG - Previously part of Barbera d'Asti DOCG, elevated to its own DOCG in 2014
  • From the better exposed vineyards of the La Court Estate
  • Very low yield, hand harvested with summer thinning of excess bunches
  • Matured for one year in large oak casks, refined at least 6-8 months in bottle

About the Grape

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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