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Barbera d'Alba Superiore, "Carolina"

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Barbera d'Alba Superiore, "Carolina"

The Carolina vineyard takes the name from Mario Roagna’s mother. It is a tribute to the vision and hard work that Mario’s parents, Lino and Carolina, shared for so many years. As sharecroppers they invested their limited resources and enormous passion in these vineyards. While most of the local farmers left their homes and land to find employment in the factories of Turin, Lino and Carolina stayed behind because the love for their vineyards was stronger than a secure and better paying factory job.

Appellation:  Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore

Type: red, dry

Grape Varietal:  100% Barbera

Certified Organic

Wine Details:

Tasting Notes:

Tasting Notes: Toasty oak and berry fruit. 

Food Pairings: Roast lamb, game and dry cheeses

Aging Capacity:  Can age for years.


Vinyard Notes:

Production Zone:  Priocca, Cuneo

Vineyard:  The Carolina vineyard extends for 5 acres at 850 feet above sea level and enjoys an exposure to the south. The vines are 30+ years old with a density of 2.200 plants per acre. The vineyard is bio-dynamically fertilized.

Training System:  Guyot

Soil: Clayey and partly marl and sand.

Harvest: Beginning of October, by hand


Winemaking Notes:

Vinification: A 25-day fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 4-5 daily pump-overs, malolactic fermentation occurs in oak

Aging: 16 months in new French oak barriques and 6 months in the bottle. 


 

Reviews:

2009 Barbera d’Alba Superiore, “Carolina” – 92 Points -  R. P. Wine Advocate (#197 Oct. 2011)
"The estate’s 2009 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Carolina shows off layers of jammy dark fruit, spices, licorice and new leather. French oak gives the wine much of its shape and volume. The Carolina shows lovely balance and harmony along with a generous, inviting finish.” ~ A.G.