Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2016  Front Label
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Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Ruby purple color with intense aromas of ripe red and black cherries. With refreshing acidity, rich tannins, full body, the single vineyard Scarrone has finesse, excellent balance, great complexity, integration and a long lingering finish.

Pair with hearty stews, seasoned pasta and poultry with rich sauces, game, roasted red meats and sharp cheese.

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JS 93
James Suckling
Such a perfumed and complex nose for a Barbera with pressed lavender, violets, orange peel and citrus. Medium to full body, layered and serious tannins and a medium-long, spicy yet taut finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Scarrone sees fruit sourced from a vineyard site that is located right under the Vietti household. The vines are 29 years old and are therefore old enough to have lost their youthful vigor, resulting in rich and more concentrated fruit. This balanced and elegant expression offers black fruit aromas that are backed by healthy extraction and density. There is a point of bright acidity on the close. It adds chiseled intensity and focused sharpness.
D 91
Decanter
A more opulent style than most 2016 Barberas: very ripe blackberry, black plum and anis aromas, medium-full with a richly concentrated mid-palate, ample oak and notable persistence. Needs a lot more time. Drinking Window 2019 - 2026
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Though dense and chunky, this red is full of plum and black cherry fruit, shaded by vanilla, chocolate and earth notes. Broad and rangy, with a long, spice-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2023.
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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.

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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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