Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wine of the Week: Montaribaldi Barbera D'Asti La Consolina

This week's featured wine is often overlooked due to its close proximity to region which grows Nebbiolo. However, Barbera is a perfect varietal. Meant to be enjoyed young, this medium-bodied wine has a firm acidity and flavors of red cherries and spice. Due to its low tannins and high acidity, the Montaribaldi La Consolina is perfect for everyday drinking. Summer still lingering? This Barbera can also handle a bit of a chill. This is a great wine for pastas with meat, hard cheeses, mushrooms, herbs, and higher tannin foods like root vegetables and braised greens.


In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe. He acquired vineyards throughout the Piedmont and his desire was to create a diverse array of holdings that could highlight the different soils, climatic conditions and traditional varietals of the Piedmont. In 1994, Pino’s son Luciano took over the reins and changed the name of the family business to Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi. The name Montaribaldi refers to the ancient Roman road that linked the winery to the different vineyards throughout the Piedmont, thus creating a philosophical and geographical umbrella that tie Luciano’s forward looking Domaine to the rich viticultural history of the region. The vision of theMontaribaldi reflects the mantra of “place over process” and the winemakingis done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.

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