Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato 2022

Type: Red
Country: Italy
Region: South Piemonte, Gavi
Grape Variety: 100% Barbera
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Rating: 92 James Suckling Points

Climate: Perfect climate for grape growing, influenced by the Mediterranean Sea
Terroir: Vineyard faces mainly south, south-west, with an altitude of around 300m – 320m on a clay and limestone soilbed
Ageing: Soft crushing, two-week fermentation at controlled temperature 80F (27° C) in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation. Partially aged in oak barrels in the
historical XVIII Century cellars of the property

Color: Intense red color
Nose: A red with lots of dark-berry, asphalt and slate aromas and flavors
Palate: Full body, loads of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Balsamico, too. Characterful. Refined and transparent style

About the Winery:
The history of Villa Sparina goes back to the 1700s when it was part of a grand colonial estate immersed in the vineyards of Monterotondo, in the heart of Gavi. The winery, founded by the Moccagatta family is comprised of 100 hectares of land, sixty of which are vineyards, surrounded by woods, refreshed by the Liguarian breeze and kissed by the sun. The majority of the vineyards are cultivated in Monterotondo.

Vines are primarily the most important local grape variety Cortese. The Cortese grapes grown in a 1945-era vineyard displays savouriness, minerality and incredible longevity.