Produced only in exceptional vintages, this wine is composed of Barbera from the municipality of Castelnuovo Calcea. The 2.5-acre vineyard is located on the top of the highest hill of the La Court estate and has an exposure of 360 degrees. The soil is astiane (meaning from Asti) sand, a calcareous clay marl of sedimentary marine origin with a good presence of lime and sand, and rich in microelements, particularly magnesium. The vines, planted in 1964, are thinned of excess bunches at the end of summer, leaving 5-6 bunches per vine on average. Hand harvested grapes are fermented in oak vats for approximately 20 days with the skins. Aged for a minimum of three years, the wine spends 2 months in oak barrels.

Harvest Note
The 2016 vintage was characterized by a dry summer with a nice temperature range. Harvest took place in mid-September, a typical time. Perfect climatic conditions led to a wine of great balance and personality with silky and well-integrated tannins. It is a great vintage.
Tasting Note
Ruby red with purple hues, this impactful and harmonious wine offers notes of small black fruits, black cherry, rhubarb, and chocolate. A velvety wine with a long, silky finish
Food Pairing
Mushroom pasta, roasted lamb, mature cheese
Technical Data
GRAPES: Barbera (100%)
PH: 3.55
ACIDITY: 5.9 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Aged for a minimum of three years - 2 months in oak barrels
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

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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