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Matteo Correggia's Barbera d'Alba DOC comes from a vineyard in Canale d'Alba in the Roero. The south facing vineyard sits at a 310 meter elevation, and soil composition is roughly sixty percent sand, thirty percent silt and four percent clay. The vine density in this vineyard is significantly higher than the vineyards that produce the Anthos and Arenis, at five thousand vines per hectare, but the per hectare yield is much lower than allowed by the Barbera d'Alba DOC rules due to extensive green cropping. After harvest there is a six to eight day maceration period with frequent punch downs and delestage; fermentation is finished in barrique. Correggia's Barberra is aged for 18 months in sixty percent new barrique. About 1000 cases are produced each year.
Wine SpectatorA dense, extracted style, boasting blackberry, plum, vanilla and toast flavors. The dusty tannins shore up the finish, with the fruit and spice notes lingering on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2017.