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Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017

    750ML / 14% ABV
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    Across Europe, the summer of 2017 was a hot one. By August, the heat wave, which reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit in some regions, had earned an appropriate name: Lucifer. This Barbera, made by the humble but masterful Fantino brothers, bears marks of that dry heat. Unlike in cooler years, when the wine is luscious and exuberant, the 2017 Barbera d’Alba Superiore has a strong tannin and the fruit is feral, suggesting you have found Italy’s Bandol rouge. Notes of cherries, strawberries, iron, and balsamic vinegar are tightly coiled in a soulful, untamed package. Because the Fantinos are so talented, the wine has finesse despite the heat of the vintage. The acidity is as mouthwatering as ever, the alcohol level remains balanced, and the fruit is preserved. Barbera’s bright acidity makes it a champion at table. Open it alongside a wide range of cuisines, from hearty pastas to grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Try it with a chanterelle risotto for a match made in heaven—Lucifer not allowed!

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    Two brothers, Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino, run this family estate in Monforte d’Alba. Alessandro managed the vineyards and served as the enologist at Cantina Bartolo Mascarello for 20 years, from 1978 to 1997. The brothers farm eight hectares in the heart of the historic Bussia cru, one of Barolo’s most famous areas for producing wines of great longevity and finesse. The Fantino holdings are concentrated exclusively in the “Dardi” section of Bussia. The brothers also produce a Barbera d’Alba from these ancient vines in Dardi, and a “Rosso dei Dardi” from younger vine Nebbiolo. They are also specialists with several traditional Piemontese wines that are mostly disappearing: Nebbiolo Passito and Barolo Chinato.

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    An historic village situated right in between the famous regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, Alba is also the name for the larger wine region surrounding the village.

    In a sense, “Alba” is a catch-all phrase, and includes the declassified Nebbiolo wines made in Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as the Nebbiolo grown just outside of these regions’ borders. In fact, Nebbiolo d’Alba is a softer, less tannic and more fruit-forward wine ready to drink within just a couple years of bottling. It is a great place to start if you want to begin to understand the grape. Likewise, the even broader category of Langhe Nebbiolo offers approachable and value-driven options as well.

    Barbera, planted alongside Nebbiolo in the surrounding hills, and referred to as Barbera d’Alba, takes on a more powerful and concentrated personality compared to its counterparts in Asti.

    Dolcetto is ubiquitous here and, known as Dolcetto d'Alba, can be found casually served alongside antipasti on the tables of Alba’s cafes and wine bars.

    Not surprisingly, given its location, Alba is recognized as one of Italy’s premiere culinary destinations and is the home of the fall truffle fair, which attracts visitors from worldwide every year.

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    Friendly and approachable, Barbera produces wines in a wide range of styles, from youthful, fresh and fruity to serious, structured and age-worthy. Piedmont is the most famous source of Barbera; those from Asti and Alba garner the most praise. Barbera actually can adapt to many climates and enjoys success in some New World regions. Somm Secret—In the past it wasn’t common or even accepted to age Barbera in oak but today both styles—oaked and unoaked—abound and in fact most Piedmontese producers today produce both styles.

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