Bricco Carlina Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Bionzo”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sourced from their vineyard in Bionzo (Costigliole d’Asti), this is a fully flavored, intense example of Barbera crafted with traditional methods.
Varietal Composition: 100% Barbera
Elaboration: Hand picked grapes. Soft pressing of de-stemmed fruit. Cold pre-fermentation maceration for 48 hours. Fermenatation and maceration on the skins for approximately 20 days at a controlled temperature of 26°C. The must is pumped over at least 5 times a day to improve the extraction of color and varietal aromas. The malolactic fermentation is completed immediately after the alcoholic. The wine ages for 12 months in Slavonian oak casks (20HL), then another 6 months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Intense ruby-red color. Rich and deep, with red ripe fruits such as blackberries, plums and cherries and red fruits jams; then spices and tobacco are reaching the surface creating a smooth balance within balsamic and fruity notes. Full bodied and well structured, supported by a good acidity which creates a smooth and velvet balance.
2016 – 90 Decanter
The sibling duo of Camilla and Francesco Scavino founded this small winery in 2014 at the foot of the medieval castle that towers over the village of Grinzane Cavour.
The name “Bricco Carlina” is a reference to the farm of their grandmother where the family would celebrate and party, which is also the place where Camilla and Francesco began experimenting with winemaking as teenagers.
Vineyards are scattered between the hills of the Langhe and Monferrato, and farming is organic. Bricco Carlina’s releases are progressive examples of Piedmont’s landscape – Deeply colored, opulent wines with tremendous purity and sense of place.