Paolo Manzone Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2017 

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Paolo Manzone is one of the leading producers of Barolo. Prior to purchasing and renovating his property in Serralunga, Paolo Manzone spent many years as a highly respected wine consultant. The focus now is on the underrated cru Meriame where the family of Paolo's wife Luisella have had vineyards for generations but had previously sold the fruit until Paolo decided to release wines under the family name. Today, this collaboration has raised the profile of the Meriame cru, and Paolo's wines have won widespread recognition. His wines are traditional in style; structured and complex.

The Barbera grapes come from vineyards located in Sinio, within the heart of the Piedmont region. The average age of the vines is 30 years and they are grown on hillsides with a south/southeast exposure on clay and limestone soils.

A green harvest is done to achieve a perfect ripeness. The grapes are sorted twice; once in the vineyards and a second time in the cellar. A traditional fermentation occurs then the wine is aged for 12 months in large French oak barrels of 350 litres.

Grape: 100% Barbera

Tasting Note: Complex, rich, powerful dark cherries with meaty spices and subtle notes of pepper and nutmeg; a deep, impressive expression of Barbera.

Food Match: Ideal with braised meats, cheeses or beef lasagne

Closure: Natural Cork