2016 Il Botolo Barbera Nizza DOCG, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)
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A Quarterly Red Cellar Trio Wine Club Selection
This bottling is 100% Barbera from 40+ year-old vines that were hand-harvested and hand-sorted. Fermentation was entirely in stainless-steel tanks. The wine was immediately racked to medium-toast big barrels and French barriques, and aged for 12 months. Rich and complex, the palate is multi-layered showing a ripe bramble fruit, stewed plum, umami and sweet tobacco. Full and balanced this classic Barbera has a sumptuous mouthfeel, with a persistent ﬁnish and soft, silky tannins.
Il Botolo is located on the hills of Nizza Monferrato, in the heart of Piedmont. Named after the little dog who lives on the estate, the winery was founded in 2007 by Roberto de Silva, an entrepreneur from Monferrato who combined his dream to create quality wines with his love for the region and its culture. Together with his wife/winemaker Diana de Silva Bracco, the couple continues to manifest their commitment to excellence, producing wines from their ﬁfteen hectares of vineyards in Colombaro and Le Coccole.
Barbera has been cultivated for over ﬁve hundred years, and is the leading grape variety grown in Piedmont which is considered the “capital” of Barbera. In 2014 the vineyards of Monferrato became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a core zone of 29 municipalities extending over 10,789 hectares. Only a small subregion can produce Nizza DOCG wines, and at the moment there are just 62 wineries who do.