2016 Cascina Chicco Barbera d'Alba Granera Alta
A Barbera like this is supposed to be. Not like the many everyday Barberas that are made as mass and for which far too much money has to be paid for, but a carefully made Barbera full of black fruit, wood, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. The 2016 vintage of the Cascina Chicco Granera received 92/100 points from Wine Spectator with the designation Smart buy
92 Wine Spectator SMART BUY
A paean of purity and freshness, boasting black currant, black cherry, violet and graphite aromas and flavors. Elegant and intense, with a lingering finish of fruit and mineral.
This elegant Barbera d'Alba is produced with grapes from the vineyard "Granera Alta", which is located on the hills of Castellinaldo and was once the property of the noble Malabaila Canale family. In summary, the Barbera D'Alba of the prestigious Cascina Chicco house is a wine with a great price / quality ratio. The wine is ruby red with a black-violet reflection. Very fruity, especially black forest fruits and plum jam come to the surface and are supplemented with a mix of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and tobacco. Full and round, with appropriate fresh acids. This wine tastes great with pasta dishes, game (deer, roe), veal and pork, roasted or not, and with old cheeses.
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Cascina Chicco now has several vineyards with a total area of 40 hectares. One of the vineyards, Ginestra, is located near the town of Monforte d'Alba, in the middle of the production area of the Barolo. In this vineyard, with an area of 5 hectares, Nebbiolo is planted for their Barolo Rocche di Castelletto.
The wine cellar, with an area of about 1800 square meters, has been completely excavated into the hill. The cellar is therefore partly located under the building and extends almost 30 meters under the hill. It is divided into a labyrinth of corridors, alcoves and rooms. Centrally located in the basement is the beautiful Sala della Ruota. It is a huge dodecagonal space with a dome and a large number of arches. The floor consists of an image of the wheel of the Roero, the symbol of the lords who ruled in this region in the Middle Ages and later. Above a number of niches are paintings depicting different generations of the Faccenda family. The stones used to build the cellar come in part from an old farm that once stood on the property. This ensures the old and authentic look of the cellar.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Dark fruit, Dry, Fruity, Flexible
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