2016 Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti Superiore Nizza 'La Court' Riserva Piedmont
Winemaker Notes: The 55-acre Tenuta Aluffi is one of the most prestigious estates in the southern part of Asti, near the town of Nizza Monferrato, a choice area for exceptional-quality Barbera. Within Aluffi is the La Court estate, with excellent soils of magnesium-rich calcareous marl and a beneficial south-southwest exposure. This jewel of vineyard land receives the fastidious attention of the Chiarlo family so that its old vines produce extraordinary grapes. Following fermentation in large oak casks, the wine is aged in oak for a minimum of 12 months.
A vintage characterized by a dry summer with a nice temperature range. The harvest took place in mid-September, respecting typical time periods. Perfect climatic conditions have led to a wine of great balance and personality: silky with well-integrated tannins. Dark, clean fruity notes of blackberry and blueberry. The fruit integrity allowed us to obtain a wine that preserves all of its original elements and it complete. It is a great vintage.
Shows forward aromas of violets and spice before ripe flavors of black plum, dark chocolate and wild cherry. The wine has coiled, tangy acidity and a velvety texture.
Agnolotti with a wild rabbit sauce, tagliolini with porcini, roasted veal and well-matured cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast - "Aromas of black-skinned fruit, menthol and exotic spice shape the nose. On the taut, elegant palate, fresh acidity and velvety tannins accompany black cherry, blackberry, licorice and tobacco. It closes on a mocha note. Drink through 2028."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "Aged for at least a year in barrique and then 18 months in the bottle, this is the historic Barbera made by Michele Chiarlo that is now identified with the new Nizza appellation. There is black fruit and chocolate in abundance in the 2016 Nizza Riserva La Court. The cocoa signature comes out the most, with dark spice and candied cherry. Pair it with a Piedmont classic of rabbit agnolotti."