Produttori del Gavi “Il Forte” Barbera del Monferrato
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The fruit is sourced from vineyards in the Alto Monferrato Astigiano region of Piemonte
- The vines have an average age of 30 years and are situated on silty-clay-loam soils
Varietal Composition: 90% Barbera 10% Freisa
Elaboration: Maceration at a controlled temperature of 82° F for five days. Post fermentation, the wine ages in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature for at least 6 months. The wine ages for another 2 months after bottling before being released.
Tasting Notes: Intense-red color enhanced by garnet highlights. The nose is fruity and fragrant, with a bouquet of Morello cherries, ripe plum, and violets. The mouthfeel is young with a freshness imparted by its balanced acidity.
Produttori del Gavi’s origins trace back to 1951 when 83 families banded together to share their strengths in cooperative form. The group is essentially made up of these same growers to this day, with just twelve more being admitted to the group since inception. The vineyards of member/growers are spread all over the Gavi DOC territory in 11 municipalities covering 200 hectares of land from Tassarolo to Bosio. Such coverage allows the production of various “Cru” bottlings, many of which are amongst the most exciting produced in this historic appellation. The soil through this zone is heterogeneous and varied and in this way the Cortese grape expresses many different characteristics. Visit Produttori’s growers and you’ll see plenty diversity, from stark white soils made of tuff and limestone due to the marine origins of the area, to tomato colored soils made of clay and rich in minerals due to the alluvial origins of some areas, especially around San Cristoforo.