Barbera d'Alba "Castlé," Barale
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Barbera d'Alba "Castlé," Barale - 2021

Item # 31159 750mL

A Barbera to highlight. Castlé is the Cru that lies on the other side of the narrow, long valley where the Cannubi Cru is located, at the foothills of the Barolo village. The fruit extraction is moderate with a ruby red hue that's translucent. Excellent with pasta.

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Staff Pick Notes

If you haven't heard about the products coming out of Alba, now is the time to learn. This lush, green-hilled epicenter of the Piedmont produces a number of amazing products. Though none are more popular than the region's aromatic truffles, Alba also produces wonderfully food-friendly wines. Barbera, a thick-skinned grape native to the region, produces bold red wines with racy acidity, bright cherry flavors, and loads of terroir. The elevated Mediterranean climate rests on clay-like limestone soil giving this wine a cool river rock flavor to compliment the bold red berries, tree fruit, and slight herbaceousness on the palate. Pair with a rich meat or pasta dish such as bolognese or truffle risotto, and then DROP THAT MIC...BOOM!

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Glossary

Piedmont

The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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Barbera

Barbera is grown all over Italy, but the best examples of this red grape come from Piedmont, where it is made into all manner of wines - from easy-drinking quaffers to serious, cellar-worthy bottlings. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of stodginess, however, they are generally ruby-colored, full-bodied, and highly acidic, with remarkably low levels of tannins. The areas that are most strongly associated with Barbera (for good reason) are the Alba and Asti DOCs, which consistently produce...

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