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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato 2010
Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato 2010
(search item no. 121401)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red ruby color, coming from perfect fully ripened grape. Delicate nose, wide and deep with note of black cherry, mint, pepper and vanilla. Elegant mouth, very soft with full and rich test, long fruity finish.
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About Villa Sparina:

Located in Monterotondo, the heart of Gavi DOC, Villa Sparina was founded by Mario Moccagatta. The winery is currently run by Mario, along with his two sons Stefano and Massimo. Head enologist Beppe Caviola, one of the foremost winemakers in Piemonte, has brought Gavi to new heights exploring the full potential of the Cortese grape. All of the Villa Sparina wine are produced from estate grown fruit and are estate bottled. The vineyards are overseen by agronomist Federico Curtaz, formerly of Gaja. They are increasingly oriented towards reducing yields, in an effort to achieve the highest possible quality. Harvest is delayed until the last possible moment, giving the wines great concentration and a wonderful balance of acidity and fruit.