La Raia’s soil dedicated to Barbera’s farming is marly and calcareous, it extends at approximately 380 metres above sea level, south positioned. The vineyards, which are only raised with the Guyot method as per the Piedmont ancient tradition, have a density of 4500 vines per hectare, aged 15 years old. The operations in the vineyards are in line with the farm’s philosophy thus the biodynamic principles, no use of chemical products is foreseen.
The Barbera grapes have been cultivated in Piedmont since medieval times. When grapes are healthy and perfectly ripe, they have a high sugar rate and a good acidity that is typical of the Barbera vine.
The vintage happens between the end of September and the beginning of October. Grapes are handpicked and put in crates to be brought into the cellar. After that grapes are destemmed and pressed thus, the must begins its fermentation with natural lees and on the skin. The following day pumpovers start to extract colour and aroma. The alcoholic fermentation continues slowly for 15 days. Then racking takes place, separation of the liquid from the skins. The wine is kept at a temperature of 20° C for about one month, to favour the malolactic fermentation. After some decanting necessary to make the product clearer, the wine is refined in stainless steel tanks.
COLOUR: ruby garnet-red, with purplish hints.
AROMA: Intense flower aroma, suggesting rose and small brushwood fruits.
MOUTHFEEL: full, harmonic and warm, with a pleasant, savoury finish.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 15,5%
Its simplicity and immediacy make it the perfect match for every meal. It is excellent with meat sauces, roasts and medium aged cheese.
Best served: between 18° and 20° C.
If stored in a cool dry place, and in the dark, at 10°/18° C, bottles keep unaltered for 4/5 years.
Respecting the earth gives great quality. Piemonte DOC Barbera has received several awards over the years and we are happy to share them with you.
- I Vini di Veronelli: Two Stars
- Gambero Rosso: Two Glasses
- Bibenda: Three Grapes
- Slow Wine: A good and pleasantly cool wine.
- Vitae: Two Grapes
- Slow Wine 2018: Easy-to-drink wine
- Bibenda 2018: Four grapes
- Gambero Rosso 2018: two black glasses
- Go Wine: Cantine d’Italia 2018, worth to taste
- Bibenda 2017: Three Grapes
- I Vini di Veronelli 2017: Two Stars
- Vinibuoni d’Italia 2017: 2 Stars
- Slow Wine 2016: A good red of the vintage
- I Vini di Veronelli 2016: 1 star
- Gambero Rosso 2016: 2 glasses
- Annuario dei migliori vini italiani: 87/100
- I vini di Veronelli 2015: Excellent wine
- I vini d’Italia 2014, Le guide de L’Espresso: Remarkable wine
- I vini di Veronelli 2014: Excellent wine
- Slow Wine, Guida 2012: Slow wine
- Duemilavini Bibendi, Bibenda 2013: Four grapes
- Guida ai vini d’Italia 2012: Crown
- I Vini d’Italia 2011, Le Guide de L’Espresso: Excellent wine
- 35° Concorso Enologico Marengo DOC: Special Selection Award
- Guida ai Vini d’Italia Bio 2010: Crown
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