2016-C Deltetto Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)

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The Deltetto family are fourth generation winemakers based in Canale, the heart of the Roero appellation in Piedmont, Italy. Their first vines were planted to Barbera and Nebbiolo on a farmstead in the late 1800s, and post WWII in 1953, Carlo Deltetto established a winery and began planting vineyards on the hillsides of the three noble towns of Santo Stefano, Canale and Castellinaldo. In 1977, Carlo’s son, Antonio, fresh out of oenology school, joined the family business and turned its focus to Roero Arneis and Nebbiolo; he also got a head start in the Italian sparkling wine game by experimenting with Metodo Classico or Champagne method wines based on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo in the early 80s. Antonio’s spumante wines weren’t marketed until 2000, after which they garnered wide acclaim and are now considered some of the best in the country, partially due to his practice of extended lees aging (up to four years). Today, Carlo is joined by his wife, Graziella and their three children: Carlo (II), Christina and Claudia. The family farms 50 acres of certified organic vineyards throughout Roero and the Langhe, producing an impressive portfolio of wines including this lively Babera d’Alba DOC Superiore. This is textbook Barbera: bright and perky with slightly grippy tannins and a vivacious character. Crushed summer fruits are abundant on the nose as in black cherry, cassis, plum and blueberry, accompanied by charming aromas of violet and anise. Flavors on the palate are also dark-fruited in tone, and a year spent in oak vats lends the wine faint hints of cedar and clove. A mouth-puckering acidity coupled with those rustic tannins are clues that this wine was crafted for the table and meant to be served alongside rich and hearty fare, ideally something Italian in origin. This bottling was in fact labeled ‘Bramè’ meaning ‘desire or crave for something’, and it certainly makes us yearn for fennel sausage pizza, lasagna or porchetta!

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