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Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Asili 2009

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Bright garnet red, with slight orange tinges. The nose is intense, with fruity aromas of cherries and hints of violets. Spicy notes of black pepper, liquorice and goudron. On the palate, it is dry, warm and soft, showing a long, rich, smooth flavor.

    Goes well with braised and stewed red meats, game and very mature cheeses.

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    Ca' del Baio

    Ca' del Baio

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    Ca' del Baio, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    A great love for the earth and the hard work of four generations gave birth to Ca’ del Baio and helped it grow and realize the fruits of its success. The first person to actually vinify grapes was Luigi Grasso, followed by Ernesto and finally Giulio who, along with his wife Luciana, has prepared the future: the daughters Paola, Valentina and Federica. Azienda Agricola Ca’ del Baio is located in the town of Treiso, in the province of Cuneo, in the Langhe region.

    Barbaresco

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    Often compared to Barolo but worthy of its own separate conversation, Barbaresco is home to the softer side of Nebbiolo. For a long time, consumers viewed Barbaresco as a more affordable alternative to the wines of neighboring Barolo, but advances in viticulture and resulting improvements in quality have allowed this region to build a superior reputation all its own. With a warmer, drier, and milder climate and compact, fertile soils, the wines here are powerful yet soft, fruit-forward, and elegantly perfumed. Barbaresco needs some time to mature before being ready to drink, but less so than Barolo, and the typical bottle is best enjoyed between five and 15 years from the harvest.

    Barbaresco wines are highly aromatic and complexly flavored, with notes of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, and spice. Bottle aging can add more savory characteristics of iron and tar, as well as dried orange peel. The modern style of Barbaresco relies on new oak to add flavor and soften the texture for early drinking, while more traditional versions aim to highlight the purity of the Nebbiolo grape by using large, neutral oak vessels.

    Nebbiolo

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    Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it is at its best in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and needs a very particular soil type in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, it often fails to show the captivating aromas for which it is so beloved, but some success has been achieved in parts of California.

    In the Glass

    Nebbiolo is an elegant variety with mouthwatering acidity and a compelling perfume of rose petals, violets, fresh tar, licorice, clay, and dried cherries. Light in color and body, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow. With age, it develops a velvety texture and a stunningly complex bouquet.

    Perfect Pairings

    Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best produce. The region is famous for its white truffles and wild boar ragu, both of which make for excellent pairings with Nebbiolo.

    Sommelier Secret

    If you love Barolo and Barbaresco but can’t afford to drink them every night, you can try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo. But Piedmont’s best-kept secret is the northern part of the region, where outstanding earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) are produced in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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