2020 Diego Conterno 'Ferrione' Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)
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This wine is 100% Barbera from the Ferrione vineyard located on a west-facing hillside at 1,500 feet above sea level and situated just below the winery. The vines range in age from 10 to 55-years-old, the grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks with minimal sulfur added. The resulting wine was aged four months in large oak casks (botti) and another six months in cement tank before bottling. Dark garnet. Aromas of black and red berries, plum and a kiss of mint. Fresh flavors of ripe Bing cherries, blackberries, and baking spice. Nicely framed, the finish is fruity and well-balanced, with a solid acid backbone typical of Barbera and fine-grained tannins.
Rising stars Diego Conterno and his son, Stefano, craft elegant wines in Monforte d’Alba. Diego started his eponymous project in 2003, after two decades at Conterno-Fantino where he worked alongside his cousins. The estate consists of 20 acres of vineyards, including the family’s historical 5 acres in the Sori—or full south-facing portion of Ginestra planted in 1982, plus vines in San Pietro, Pajana and Gris, all in Monforte and located along the southern edge of the Barolo zone. Diego began farming organically in 2010 and achieved certification in 2014.