Michele Chiarlo Barbera d' Asti La Court DOCG 2011
Appellation: Barbera d' Asti Superiore DOCG
Grape Variety: 100% Barbera
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.
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.
Awards and Reviews:
90 points - Wine & Spirits
92 points - VinousMedia.com