Wine Details

E. Pira E Figli Barbera D'Alba DOC

Of Piedmont’s three principal red grape varieties, Barbera is the most representative of the region, producing a medium-bodied wine that is enjoyable young, but can also age quite well for a few years. This Barbera d’Alba spends more than a year in oak barrels, granting it the “Superiore” designation and making for a more expressive wine. An intense ruby red with violet reflections, red fruits with a hint of spice come through on the nose. A full, round palate is supported by the marked acidity typical of this variety, imparting freshness and a harmonious finish.

Region:

Producer:

E. Pira E Figli (Chiara Boschis)

Varietal:

100% Barbera

Vineyard:

Borgata Conterni (Mosconi), San Giuseppe (Ravera) in Monforte d'Alba, and (Gabutti) in Serralunga d'Alba

Yield:

2,200 kg/ha

Aging:

Aging in second and third passage French oak barriques for 16 months, lightly filtered

Alcohol content:

14%

Age of vines:

40 years

Production:

8,700 bottles

Soil:

Clay lime marls from the tertiary period

Average altitude:

350 m

Vinification:

Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 6-10 days, with temperature about 18-20° C to encourage malolactic fermentation

Harvest:

Mid-September

First vintage:

2009

Cellar:

E. Pira Chiara Boschis, Barolo

Bottling:

Aged for a minimum of 2 months in bottle

Release:

Spring, 1.5 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

91

E. Pira & Figli Barbera D'Alba DOC 2017

Vinous Media (91)- "The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Superiore is a heady, exotic wine, Inky and deep in the glass, the Superiore captures all of the natural richness of this dry, warm year in its dark flavor profile and concentrated fel. Althought not at all subtle, the 2017 packs a real puch. Inky fruit, chocolate, leather, spice and menthol are all amped up in this decidedly flamboyant Barbera. "

91

E. Pira & Figli Barbera D'Alba DOC 2016

Wine Advocate (91)- "Many vintners have affirmed that 2016 is not an ideal vintage for Barbera. Evidently, Chiara Boschis never got the memo. She has crafted a lovely expression that boasts varietal richness and softness. The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Superiore starts off with subtle and careful intensity. But as it takes on greater momentum in the glass, you begin to recognize dark fruit, etched mineral and black olive. The finish is polished and crisp. This Barbera reveals significant depth and lasting persistence."

90

E. Pira & Figli Barbera D'Alba DOC 2016

Vinous Media (90)- "The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Superiore is dense, voluptuous and full of appeal. A rush of black cherry, plum, lavender, menthol, licorice and spice build in a plush, explosive wine that shows just how compellingly delicious top-flight Barbera can be. I really love the balance here. And, of course, the 2016 is a pure pleasure to taste."