Michele Chiarlo captures the essence of Piedmont, one of the most incredible wine regions in Italy and in the world. Le Orme is a classic Barbera d’Asti wine. It is the flagship wine of Michele Chiarlo, and its name translates as “the footsteps” or “legacy”.

Le Orme is an expression of all four Michele Chiarlo Barbera estates in the Nizza area, including the iconic La Court estate. The Barbera grapes grow in light-colored soils called Astian - meaning from Asti - sands that are rich in lime and microelements. Temperature controlled fermentation, including 10 days of maceration on the skins, in stainless steel tanks yields the dark, rich color that is typical of great Barbera wines. The wine is aged in large French oak casks for 3 months then rests in stainless steel and in bottle before release for a total of 16 months aging.

91 Points
2021 vintage
92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2021 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2021 vintage began with rain and snow that piled up to 24 inches among the vineyards. March was dry with temperatures above average that prompted an early start of vegetation. Spring brought previous rainfall and below average temperatures that lasted until the end of May slowed the development of the vines. June was the beginning of a long, hot, and dry summer that lasted until a mild September. Harvest was at the usual time, yielding healthy and perfectly ripe grapes characterized by outstanding balance.
Tasting Note
Ruby red with violet hues, this harmonious and well-structured wine offers notes of red cherry and red currants with a savory finish.
Food Pairing
Pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, white fish
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Barbera
PH: 3.52
ACIDITY: 6.2 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Minimum of 16 months. Aged for 3 months in large oak casks before refinement in stainless steel and in bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • From Michele Chiarlo's four Barbera estates in Nizza, including the La Court estate
  • 100% Barbera, higher than the 90% DOCG requirement
  • Aged for a minimum of 16 months

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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