Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wine of the Week - Montaribaldi Barbera d'Alba "Dü Gir"

Our featured Wine of the Week is a Barbera with character. This grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy shows beautifully in Montaribaldi's 2015 Barbera d'Alba "Dü Gir." Harvested from a single vineyard and aged in oak barrels for 20 months, this is a red that shows black fruit and spice along with firm structure and full body from the oak aging. The vintage received accolades from the Wine Enthusuast, with reviewer Kerin O'Keefe noting: "Aromas of dark berry, cooking spice and cedar emerge from the glass. The dense palate offers blackberry jam, mocha and licorice alongside round tannins.”

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 the Montaribaldi reflects the mantra of “place over process” and the winemaking is done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.

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