2013 Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti Superiore Nizza 'La Court' Piedmont
Winemaker Notes: The 55-acre Tenuta Aluffi is one of the most prestigious estates in the southern part of Asti, near the town of Nizza Monferrato, a choice area for exceptional-quality Barbera. Within Aluffi is the La Court estate, with excellent soils of magnesium-rich calcareous marl and a beneficial south-southwest exposure. This jewel of vineyard land receives the fastidious attention of the Chiarlo family so that its old vines produce extraordinary grapes. Following fermentation in large oak casks, the wine is aged in oak for a minimum of 12 months.
2013 will be remembered as the most delayed in the last 20 years. Winter was cold but average, with frequent snowfall and rain, that lasted from November to April. Beautiful and warm days arrived in June favoring a perfect summer growing season. In August, the beautiful weather continued with excellent day / night temperature variation. These conditions allowed for constant maturity with excellent development of aromas. At the turn of August and September there were three days of precipitation, followed by a month of good weather in October and finishing out the season with several days of rain. Because of the rains, the harvest took place very late, comparable to historic vintages of the 70s and 80s. Happily, all the grapes arrived at the winery in perfect maturity and health conditions. The red wines produced extraordinary results: wines rich, with very distinct scents and with great freshness.
Shows forward aromas of violets and spice before ripe flavors of black plum, dark chocolate and wild cherry. The wine has coiled, tangy acidity and a velvety texture.
Pairs well with red meat, sausage, game and tomato-based dishes such as pasta Bolognese.
James Suckling - "Hints of chocolate and walnut with black fruits on the nose. Full body, light tannins and a velvety texture. Lots of flavor."
Gambero Rosso - TRE BICCHIERRI - Shows aromas and flavors of spice, ripe black plum, black cherry and dark chocolate. The wine has coiled, tangy acidity and a velvety texture.