Il Cascinone Barbera d'Asti 2014 Front Label
Il Cascinone Barbera d'Asti 2014 Front Label

Il Cascinone Barbera d'Asti 2014

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    Deep, intense ruby red, with purple highlights. Vibrant aromas of black cherries and prunes, with toasty undertones and a touch of mint. Dry with well-balanced acidity, and fruit well integrated into a creamy rich nutty texture, this wine has developed with great structure and lingers.

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    Il Cascinone, Italy
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    Acquired in 1998, Il Cascinone, located in Monferrato, consisted of a winery dating back to 1920 which was carefully restored under the new ownership. The 150 hectare property contains 50 hectares of vineyards. Like the winery, the vineyards were restored in order to cultivate several varietals, including Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These revitalized vineyards enjoy a southwest orientation and are harvested by hand to ensure a quality selection of the final grapes.
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    Recognized as the source of the best Barbera in all of Italy, Asti is a province (as well as major city) in Piedmont, consisting of a gentle, rolling landscape with vineyards, farmland and forests alternating throughout.

    Barbera d’Asti can be made in an array of styles from relatively straightforward, fruity and ready for consumption early, to the more concentrated, oak aged version with an ability to cellar impressively for 10-15 years and beyond. Some of the very best sites for Barbera in Asti are concentrated in the subzone of Nizza Monferrato. Other red varieties grown here include Freisa, Grignolino and Dolcetto, which can be bottled varietally or blended into Barbera.

    Historically consumers commonly associated the Asti region with Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, both playful, aromatic, sparkling wines made from the Muscat grape. Asti Spumante is less sweet, fully fizzy and more alcoholic (yet still clocking in at only around 9% alcohol) while Moscato d’Asti is sweeter, gently sparkling (“frizzante”) and closer to 5 or 6% alcohol. Each is produced in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh and fruity flavors of the grape, often including peach, apricot, lychee and rose petal. Asti is also the spot for the pink-hued Brachetto d'Acqui, a slightly sparkling wine ready to charm with its raspberry and rose flavors and aromas.

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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.

    VIYITARALBAR7514_2014 Item# 164880

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