Barbera, 2018. Vistamonte

Barbera, 2018. Vistamonte

Item #: V1220R2II
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Barbera
Vineyard/Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Dark Cherry
Palate: Red Fruit
Finish: Luscious Berry
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Red Meat, Game/ 13% Alcohol by Volume

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Our Vistamonte selection comes to us from the powerhouse, international wine facility, Mondodelvino. They partner with wine producers in every corner of Italy to craft exceptional wines, which they sell to over 50 countries around the world.

Mondodelvino is very exacting in their requirements. They only partner with producers who practice sustainability and have respect for the environment. In return, they provide a sales outlet for the wine. They boast an impressive facility, which houses a wine education program, sommelier training and environmental and organic consulting.

The Barbera grape was first mentioned in writings dating back to the 13th Century. It is a hearty grape that produces a dark prodigious wine that can sport a bright cherry component, but also exhibit mouth-ripping acidity. In other words, a wine paradox.

It seemed to do best in the Asti region of Piedmont, from which our Vistamonte hails, but fighting the acidity was always an issue. Emile Peynaud, a respected professor of Enology in Bordeaux, suggested that lower yields and aging in French oak might tame the acidity. The first winery to give it a shot was Giacomo Bologna in Piedmont. His first release in 1985 from a single vineyard on his property literally turned the wine world upside down.

It became an overnight sensation and is a trend which continues today. Vistamonte has embraced the Peynaud concept and given us an amazing selection with classic berry fruit, silky tannins and an impactful finish. It is luscious with tenderloin of venison or wild boar sausage.