Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011
Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints of mineral and vanilla. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity (making it perfect to pair with food) and soft tannins, the Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a finish of more red cherries.
Antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pastas or with breaded veal, pork, chicken with light sauces.
International Wine Cellar - "("our business card," noted Currado, who produces 40,000 to 44,000 bottles of this wine and ships most of them to the U.S.; he began bottling the wine in a series of installments last spring): Deep ruby-red. Distinctly blacker on the nose than the Tre Vigne, offering rather powerful scents of black cherry and crushed blackberry sweetened by caramel oak. Plush, strong and deep, with black fruit and licorice flavors complicated by oaky torrefaction (the wine was in small barrels until November of 2012, then spent a few months in big casks before being moved to stainless steel to await bottling). Distinctly more tannic and clenched than the Tre Vigne and less exclusively about fruit. "
Tasting Panel - "Fresh and rich with juicy plu and black raspberry; clean, balanced and vivid; lively and bright with balance and gobs of charm. "
The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm, engaged in many fields, into a grape-growing and wine-producing business.
Then, in 1952, Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the USA market.
Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards (such as Brunate, Rocche and Villero). This was a radical concept at the time, but today virtually every vintner making Barolo and Barbaresco wines offers "single vineyard" or "cru-designated" wines.
Alfredo is also called the "father of Arneis" as in 1967 he invested a lot of time to rediscover and understand this nearly-lost variety. Today Arneis is the most famous white wine from Roero area, north of Barolo. Setting such a fine example with Arneis, even fellow vintners as far away those on the west coast of the United States now are cultivating and producing Arneis!
With 35 hectares of vineyards, Vietti expects to not only increase production, but having greater control over the vineyards, looks to continually improve from a qualitative perspective. It is poised to excel well into the 21st Century. View all Vietti 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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.9 out of 5 stars
6 ratings, 3 with reviewsZhlmsd - Boston, MA41/3/2017
wine educator - Eugene, OR47/8/2016Anonymous - Dedham, MA42/21/2016anthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN47/9/2014
- Smooth & Supple
A wine that gets better over time from opening. Great food wine with nice acidity and spiciness. Medium bodied with lots of bright red cherry,raspberry fruit. Finish with savory spice and minerals is refreshing if a bit short.Would buy again.Also has a slight bitter flavor that those who love Italian wines will enjoy, others, not so much.Cigarman45 - Sanford, FL44/1/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Just finished 2nd bottle last night. Paired with Lasagna dinner. Smooth, fruity, and just the right grip. A little short on the finish, but over all a great everyday dinner wine. Have bought Vietti wines many times, and never dissapoints. Will stock more soon.Grilliant Ideas - Vista, CA32/15/2014
- Smooth & Supple
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Strong Blueberry smell and taste. Light and fruity. Short sugary finish. More like a dessert wine with sweet tooth visions.
- Light & Fruity