Franco Conterno Vigna Pugnane Barbera d'Alba Superiore, Piedmont, Italy, 2016
Overview of the Wine
The Conternos have owned the land in the heart of the Langhe in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba since the mid 1800s. Now in the family winery's 4th generation, Franco’s two sons, Daniele and Andrea, run the company following in the footsteps of their grandfather. They and their team bring fresh insight and innovation to the winery and vineyards and continue the family business with passion and dedication. They farm 18 hectares of land which is approximately 44 acres and their most recent development is the movement to organic farming which began in 2015. This Barbera is a Superiore, and therefore is aged for one year in 20hl to 25hl barrels and comes from vineyards in Monforte d’Alba, Barolo and Novello communes. It is a classic, high-acid Barbera and Decant it an hour ahead of time to allow the wine to flesh out a bit. Have it with rich, cream sauce pastas. The classic American lasagna would be perfect as well.
Grape / Blend
Aged for 12 months in oak casks and barrels. Lively purple red color. Bouquet of red fruits and spices; structured and complex flavor, very pleasant woody notes. Ideal as an accompaniment to cheeses and boiled meat.