Wine CompanyL' ARMANGIA
Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore Nizza "Vignali"
Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita superiore
Denomination: DOCG Superiore
Area of planting: San Marzano Oliveto
The grapes come from "Vignali" vineyard, in San Marzano Oliveto, planted on 1934, at an altitude of 200 m. The hillside, a 5-10% slope, has a South-East by East exposure. The soil is markedly alkaline, poor in organic substances, draining and mixed with abundant tuff flakes.
Normal vineyard practices include leaf thinning and accurate manual desuckering. Fruit thinning is also carried out, leaving one bunch per shoot, with up to 7 small bunches per vine.
Harvest & winemaking
The beginning of harvest can fall between Sept. 2nd and Oct. 8th, based upon the weather pattern of the season.
Traditional vinification in steel vats is immediately followed by storage of 100% of the product in strictly new oak casks having a capacity of 300 litres. A second racking is performed between February and July, based upon the wine's sensory evolution owing to the presence of lees.
The wine is left in small barrels between 11and 13months, and is then moved to a large cask for others 10/12 months , where ages until the bottling.
Aged in bottle between 18 and 36 months.
The wine can last from between 10 to 15 years, depending on the vintage and proportionally to alcohol, colour and acidity.
Deep ruby red, with a purple shade at the rim, veering to garnet with just a few years of ageing.
The nose is remindful of stone fruit, strawberries, violets, vanilla, almonds, with occasional smoky and mineral notes. On the palate, it is tasty and full-bodied, sometimes supported by good acidity.
When young, it displays slightly astringent tannins, but, because of its remarkable structure, it is never overpowered by oak.
It provides an excellent pairing with red and grilled meats, game, roasts, cheeses and soups.
Serving temperature: 19-21° C.
Total alcohol: 13.8-14.9% by vol.