Good Barbera should be “plummy and astringent in just the right measure” (Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion) and Pier Paolo Monti has got it spot on with his delicious 2015. There are few better introductions to the brilliance of northern Italian reds.
"This gorgeous, rich and accessible Barbera shows Pier Paolo Monti in top form. Compelling stuff"
Leo Bassano Buyer for Italy
Pier Paolo Monti founded his estate in the Langhe Hills in Piedmont in 1996 by purchasing several vineyards (covering 10 hectares) and building a state of the art winery. He grows six grape varieties. including Nebbiolo for his Barolo, Cabernet and Merlot. But his Barbera d’Alba is a definite ‘best buy’. Over the years Pier Paolo Monti’s wines have won numerous medals, which he and consultant winemaker Roberto Gerbino put down to attentive vineyard management, modern vinification, and, for this wine, 15 months’ maturation in French oak barrels. With racy damson plum richness and a fragrant oak background, it easily cuts through the fatness of lamb or duck. With maturity it’ll make a great match with truffle risotto. Decant prior to serving.
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