Giribaldi Barbera d'Alba Rie 2016
- Medium bodied
For three generations, the Giribaldi family have been making small amounts of wine in Piemonte, Italy. Literally the entire family is involved in the business in some capacity. It’s been twenty years since they converted their vineyards to fully organic practices, earning certification shortly thereafter.
This barbera is sourced from a small 1.6 hectare vineyard in Alba sitting at 360 metres about sea level. The grapes are of course grown organically, gently fermented and left to rest for over a year in a mix of old and new barrels. In the glass, the wine is ruby red with a nose of vanilla and marmalade. There’s spice, tobacco, more vanilla and plenty of blue fruits on the palate. It’s easy enough to just drink, but there’s a heap to ponder if you want to get into it.
Full price $40.00 from the producer.
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If you’ve never plugged Piedmont into Google images then now’s the time. A northern Italian region that spoons both France and Switzerland, it’s one of the more picturesque wine regions in the world and better yet, the vinos do the dramatic backdrop justice. Piedmont wines benefit from the warmth of the Mediterranean and the chill of the Alps, and the combination of these climates means the valleys will often be shrouded in fog. Behind the fog you’ll find Piedmont’s two superstar wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. Known as the King of Wines in Italy, Barolo in particular is lauded over worldwide but really, there’s more to Piedmont than these two. Aside from juicy, tannic nebbiolo, keep an eye out for barbera, the go-to vino for many Italians.
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