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Barbera is often considered an afterthought to Nebbiolo in the grand scheme of Piemonte’s wines, but the hierarchy is a bit different in the Monferrato. In this sunny region east of Alba, Barbera is king, and growers like Pietro Arditi of Cantine Valpane take the grape very seriously. His Perlydia is aged in concrete tanks for several years before bottling, so you know it is ready to drink upon release. While it can age for a few more years, its rich, juicy fruit and plump texture make it hard to resist today, especially when served with tomato-based pastas, pizza, or even a burger. Pietro and his family love to cook, and the wine truly shines with Piemontese specialties, which often consist of egg noodles covered with meaty ragù or aged cheeses like the local castelmagno. Valpane’s wines also represent tremendous values—you won’t find bargains like this in Barolo!
|Appellation:||Barbera del Monferrato|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 2000, 15. ha|
|Aging:||Aged 2-5 years in stainless steel and cement tanks before bottling, aged one year in bottle before release|
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117
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