Barbera d'Asti "Montruc", Franco Martinetti
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Barbera d'Asti "Montruc", Franco Martinetti - 2004

Item # 19173 750mL
$74.96/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Montruc is a serious Barbera that's judiciously oak-aged. Full of dark plums, spice and mineral. Rich yet lithe in character, this is a rare find, showing beautifully now a wine that you can age for several years to come.

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Staff Pick Notes

Barbera is a wine that is so approachable in its youth its easy to forget how well it can age. All that naturally high acidity, however, means it has the potential to evolve beautifully for a couple of decades. Franco Martinetti firms up the tannins by aging in oak barrels, and the results are nothing less delicious. Even with 15 years of age, this bottle has plenty of life ahead. If you drink now, decant and let it open it up for an hour. You'll be rewarded with beautiful scents of raspberry, black cherry, dried leaves and milk chocolate. It's a rich, powerful wine, but all that acidity keeps things lively and fresh. A great match with steak or meaty ragus.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


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...

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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...

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