Barbera d'Asti 'Ceppi Storici'

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Sourced from 40 year old vines, concentrated fruit - balanced by pepper and spice.


Country, Region
Italy, Piedmont
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Tasting Notes

Warm, spicy aromas of blueberries and plums, with subtle, smoky notes. The palate is rich and generous with juicy cherry and more plum fruit, and meaty, spicy notes beneath. Soft oak tannins offer an extra dimension to the texture. A refreshing smack of fruity acidity on the finish gives plenty of definition to the ripe fruit.

Producer details

Araldica is Piemonte's largest and most progressive co-operative yet retains a small, family run company feel, thanks to the inspired guidance of winemaker/manager Claudio Manera (whose father Livio was the co-op's first winemaker in the fifties) and his wife Lella, also a winemaker and in charge of Quality Control. 80% of production is bottled (an extraordinarily high percentage for a large co-operative) at the company's headquarters in the Monferrato hills, home of the old cellars and a new winery, operating since September 2000.

In the vineyard

Ceppi Storici comes from vineyards in the Monferrato hills in the south of the province of Asti, Piemonte. South West aspects at altitudes between 250 and 400m. Limestone-clay soil. Piemonte low Guyot trellis. Vines over the age of 40 years. Planting density 4,000-4,500 vines/ha

In the winery

The fruit was hand harvested from 1st to 5th October only from vines over 40 years old. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-30° C using BDX yeast. Pressed when dry and racked to stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation. The clear wine was then racked to a mixture of French oak barrels (50%) and large traditional Piemonte oak vats for 12 months maturation. These two components were then blended and bottled.

Food Recommendations

Great with simple dishes such as pizza and pasta, or drink with lamb shank.

In the press

2011 Vintage: "Ripe raspberry and dark cherry with a perky acidity matching the intensity of fruit." Judges comments, DWWA 2013 2011 Vintage: "While York & Albany's Nigel Lister, noted 'Rich black and red fruit with chocolate notes, plus good concentration,' The Rib Room's Louise Gordon picked up 'bruised apple and violet purfume, with soft, almost faded tannins'." Sommelier Wine Awards 2013, Judges Comments 2009 Vintage: "Slightly smoky oak aromas and coffee beans that follow through to the palate. Earthy flavours, spicy, elegant and pure fruit complexity. Long." Decanter magazine, October 2012


2011 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards - Bronze 2011 Vintage: IWSC 2013 - Bronze 2011 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Bronze 2009 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 - Silver 2008 Vintage: Gambero Rosso 2012 - Due Bicchieri

Barbera d'Asti 'Ceppi Storici'


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