Montorone, Barbera d’Alba Superiore
Grape variety: 100% Barbera
Vineyard: Canale, (geographical mention Renesio Montorone)
Soil type: clayey and calcareous, tending towards sandy
Vinification: fermentation in steel tanks
Maturation: 18 months in wooden barrels (500 liter tonneaux)
Colour: dark ruby red with violet reflections
Bouquet: powerful, intense with hints of ripe fruit, spices and chocolate
Taste: fresh, pleasant, dry with a slight sapidity in the finish
Pairings: cured meats, pasta with meat sauce, pork, mushrooms, roasts, game and medium-aged cheeses
Montorone is a Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC. An ancient wine, given that already in 1514 – in the land registers of Chieri – there was mention of Barbera vineyards. In the past Barbera was believed to be a “young” variety, a belief that depended on the silence of historical sources. But it is a very pleasant wine, with an intense colour, clear aromas of red fruit, flowers and just enough spice to make it intriguing. It has firm tannins, never too aggressive, a slim body – often nervous – and incredible acidity. So much so that it is considered one of the most acidic vines, despite growing in relatively warm areas.
In the past Barbera established itself as the Piedmontese grape par excellence just as its wine was the undisputed protagonist of peasant canteens. To the point that, over time, poets such as Carducci and Pascoli have sung the praises of Barbera in their works. Not just a ready-to-drink wine, though. Barbera d’Alba Superiore and therefore Montorone adapt splendidly to a long ageing. It is capable of competing with the great reds for its presence on prestigious tables around the world. Equipped with a full-bodied flavour, it attenuates the characteristic acidity typical of the vine. Small woods suitable for the type of wine are successfully used, precisely because they too dampen the acidity which however remains fundamental for the balance of taste of the product and for good, pleasant drinkability and digestibility.
About the Montrone
The strength of every Barbera is its drinkability: Barbera d’Alba Superiore can even be drunk as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to classic Piedmontese appetizers. One above all the veal with tuna sauce, as well as with simple cured meats. But Montorone, aged in wood for 18 months, finds its right match with more elaborate dishes such as risotto with truffles, game, or a Fassona tartare with truffles.
Barbera d’Alba Superiore, what kind of wine is it?
In the Roero, the estates of Montorone become protagonists offering a Barbera d’Alba Superiore with aromas of ample flowers. Nice body, notes of plum and spices and a sharp but very pleasant acidity. On the right bank of the Tanaro, the Barolo area to be clear, Barbera is denser, drier and richer in polyphenols and structure. Just like Nebbiolo, it benefits from heavier soils based on clay and limestone. And it is such a versatile wine that food-Barbera pairings become infinite and if you have the patience to look for the right one for every occasion.
|Dimensions||9 × 9 × 32 cm|