Barbera and Nebbiolo harvests, an exceptional season

Harvest over, Barbera on the podium (along with Nebbiolo). A resounding season, with truly excellent results. Absolute quality, despite the great drought of the summer. «On the whites, the dry weather affected: we had less exuberant quantities. The reds, on the other hand, seem to have suffered much less from the lack of water». Fabio Marchisio is satisfied. As with the Arneis, for Barbera and Nebbiolo the reward came in the form of the quality of the clusters. Superb grapes, promising memorable wines. «Despite the sandy soil, so theoretically arid, the Valmaggiore harvest was simply fantastic». Definitely out of the ordinary, Valmaggiore is a symbol of the Marchisio Family. It’s the first Nebbiolo ever to be vinified in amphora. A super-red, internationally awarded.

Equally positive notes from the Barbera. Thanks to the summer sun, alcohol levels are important. So is acidity, a characteristic of the grape variety. Two indicators that then translate into a key-word: longevity. Music, to the ears of the winemakers of Castellinaldo. «That’s right, just this year we are celebrating the acquisition of the subzone». Prestige: that of Castellinaldo is the only recognized subzone for Barbera d’Alba. The Marchisio Family will also be able to officially add, on the shelf, its Castellinaldo Barbera d’Alba Doc. A goblet of rare depth, thanks to the specification that prescribes its long aging in wood. A masterful interpretation for a variety – Barbera – that now reaches the highest peaks of Piedmontese enology. This is the case of Nizza Docg from Monferrato, and of the great Barbera d’Alba labels from the Barolo lands.

Just this side of the Tanaro River, thanks precisely to the superior Barbera of Castellinaldo, Roero also wins a place of honor in absolute excellence among Barberas. «Historically, Castellinaldo’s has always been above all the ‘land of Barbera’», says Sergio Marchisio, Fabio’s father. It was he who also introduced Arneis, in Castellinaldo: a grape variety that has now become the oenological emblem of Roero. Organic and biodynamic, the Marchisio Family has set the standard: the first bubbles, the first vinification in amphora. Always experimenting, with intelligence. Objective: to ennoble the roots to the fullest. To discover how far it can go to express itself, the typical essence of terroirs. Their truest identity. And here – not surprisingly – is the latest jewel, Castellinaldo Barbera d’Alba. It’s already a great red. But it will grow again: the super-quality of the 2022 vintage promises it.

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