Burlotto Barbera d'Alba DOC 2019

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Burlotto Barbera d'Alba DOC 2019
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation/Sub-Region Barbera d'Alba DOC
Grapes Barbera
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Sustainably Grown

The Burlotto estate is located in the commune of Verduno in the Barolo DOCG, and was established in the mid-18th century by Giovan Battista Burlotto, il Commendatore. The historic estate (which once held the title of “Supplier to the Savoy Royal Household”), is distinguished for its Monvigliero Barolo, from the famed Monvigliero cru, coveted for its south-facing exposure and white marl soil. Now run by Mariana Burlotto (Giovan’s great-niece), and her husband Giuseppe Alessandria, along with their son, Fabio, the winery produces classically-styled Barolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera. Winemaker Fabio (GB’s great great grandson), has introduced modern techniques that complement, never detract, from the elegant character of Burlotto’s wines, further cementing the estate’s reputation as one of Piedmont’s most esteemed small producers.

This Barbera d’Alba comes from several of Burlotto’s vineyards around the village of Verduno. Grapes are fermented over the course of approximately 10 days in French oak vats with temperature control before being transferred to stainless steel to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 8-9 months in Slavonian and Allier oak casks, and rests in the cellar for several months after bottling. Fresh and vibrant, this offers juicy red cherry, strawberry, and cranberry notes backed by bright acidity and fine grained tannins. Hints of crushed herbs round out this totally refreshing classic. Sustainably grown.