Barbera d'Asti, "Casa Scarpa", Scarpa
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Barbera d'Asti, "Casa Scarpa", Scarpa - 2021

Item # 49249 750mL

Scarpa is a specialist in Barbera d'Asti, and they produce complex and long-lived expressions. The grapes come from the Poderi Bricchi vineyard in Castel Rocchero. Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, this saw a further 6 months in bottle before release. Pair with pasta in tomato and caper sauce.

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Scarpa winery was founded in 1854 in the history of town of Monferrato. While Scarpa has become a notable name in Barolo and Barbaresco, the majority of the Poderi Bricchi estate lies in a 25-hectare single-body vineyard located between Castel Rocchero and Acqui Terme. The heart of the Barbera region. Produced exclusively from organically farmed, estate grown fruit, "Casa Scarpa" Barbera is truly the heart and soul of Scarpa's wine. Every vintage release features extended bottle aging in the cantina before release. Additional quantities in excellent vintages are held and released slowly over time. The Scarpa library currently holds over 40,000 bottles dating back to the 1960s.

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