Wine: Barbera D’Alba ENRICO SERAFINO – Piemonte

medium-full body, notes of violet, currants and spice; pleasantly silky acidity 11.5 | 16 | 46

Valid 1.27 – 2.24

This month we take a trip to the beloved rolling hills of Piemonte in northern Italy and bring you Barbera d’Alba. Barbera is Piemonte’s most widely grown varietal, born amongst the same vineyards known to grow some of the world’s best wine– Barolo and Barbaresco.

Barbera d’Alba

A favorite of the people, Barbera dates back to the 17th century and is known as the “wine of the people,” often enjoyed while waiting for the heavy hitter Nebbiolo-based wines to age. Barbera-based wines were well regarded even then, as they are now, for their rustic-yet-generous character. They were a favorite among Savoyard army officers who considered the wine a “sincere companion” which helped them maintain their courage in battle.

With its fresh acidity, it’s meant to be enjoyed young when fruit is prominent and tannins mellow. When well produced, Barbera d’Alba is smooth, fresh and full-bodied. It offers mouthfuls of juicy black cherry, raspberry compote, blackberry and ground pepper sensations. This makes for a wine that easily pairs with most traditional Italian cuisine and can be enjoyed by all.

Enrico Serafino was founded in 1878 in Canale and has been true to the tradition of Piedmont in the wine’s production. Serafino’s vineyards are spread in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated wine regions Langhe-Roero and Monferrato.

Grape Variety: Barbera – 100%

Year: 2016

Winemaker’s Notes:

Color: Deep ruby red with typical violet hues.

Nose: Wide, vinous with notes of violet, cherry, currant, spices and tobacco, very elegant but persistent.

Palate: Amazingly fresh, velvety, medium to full body, with pleasant silky acidity softened by ageing in oak and fine texture.