Few farmers in Italy work like Gianni does in his old vines of Barbera. Finding great value in the shadow of Italy’s two great wine growing areas, Barolo and Barbaresco, requires getting off and under the radar. The hills of Asti, where I found Gianni pruning in the spring of 2015 at 9:00 at night, definitely qualifies. The soil is special in Asti, sandy and laden with limestone, perfect with for big, fruity varieties like Barbera.
Although Asti is better known for the Moscato, Barbera should be its calling card because in very few places of the world does it thrive like it does here. Gianni Doglia naturally farms a tiny estate in the picturesque hamlet of Castagnole Lanze. His Barbera is the product of 50 year old vines, vinfied without oak to preserve its incredible fruit.
Black in color to the core, bright and wonderfully aromatic, this is food-friendly red wine that can double just as well all on its own. Great choice for a house red, don’t miss out.