2018 Marco Porello 'Mommiano' Barbera d'Alba DOC, Piedmont, Italy (750 ml)

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Dazzling garnet color. Aromatics of red fruit, herbs and bramble. The palate shows blackberry, stewed raspberry, wild fennel, rainier cherry, a touch of mint and white pepper—with a dusty, pleasantly drying tannin that is perfectly balanced by the wine's lively acidity. Porello was founded in 1930 by Cesare Porello when the region was not yet known for its wines, but rather its peaches. After WWII, his sons, Riccardo and Ettore, went against the tendency of the times, and dedicated themselves instead to working in the vineyards. Today, Marco Porello is the third generation of his family to craft wines from the family estate in Roero, located northwest of Alba on the left bank of the Tanaro River in the Piedmont region. Porello has 15 hectares of vines located in two of Roero’s twenty-three villages, and in some of the region’s most highly regarded vineyard locations, including Mombirone in Canale and Tanone in Vezza d’Alba. The grapes for this 100% Barbera were harvested by hand, destemmed and subsequently fermented in temperature controlled stainless-steel vats. After being gently pressed, the resulting wine was aged in a combination of wooden bottie, stainless steel and cement.

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