Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2008
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Intense ruby red color with purple highlights. On the nose it presents persistent notes of red berries, redcurrant, cherries and violet and hints of vanilla. Very complex on the palate, full and developing some pleasant liquorice notes. Excellent balance and length. Its high acidity makes it the perfect accompaniment to a lot of different foods, such as cold cut appetizers, hearty first courses, rich beef roasts or stews and game and medium-aged cheeses.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Raspberry, licorice and mocha on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. Lush, sweet and fruity; in fact quite pliant and creamy for 2008 but with harmonious bright acidity keeping the wine fresh. With air, this showed an impressively penetrating quality to its red fruits but without any hardness. Finishes clean and persistent."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Barbera d'Asti is another big, racy wine packed with fruit. A persistent vein of minerality supports the long, elegant finish. This is a terrific new wine from Damilano made from a recently-acquired vineyard in Asti. The Barbera d’Asti replaces the Barbera d’Alba, which was made from rented vineyards, and which will no longer be produced. Anticipated maturity: 2009-20113. These entry-level reds from Damilano were among the best I tasted. Hopefully they will turn out to be representative of overall quality in their respective vintages here."
The origins of the Damilano family company dates back to over a century ago, when Guiseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the current owners, started to grow and make wine from his own grapes. This tradition was kept up by Giacomo Damilano, the founder’s son-in-law, together with his children, until it was passed on to his 4 grandchildren, who very attentively manage their forefathers’ land today. The wines produced are renowned for their upright style and the estate is widely appreciated due to the strictness and passion that accompany all of the company's activities.
The vineyards, partly owned and partly leased, are situated in the most famous crus of the Langa region: Cannubi, Liste, Fossati, and Brunate, which are almost entirely cultivated with Nebbiolo da Barolo, and to a lesser extent, with Dolcetto and Barbera varietals. View all Damilano Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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