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La Contea Serragrilli Barbaresco 2010

ID No: 441711
Country:Italy
Region:Piemonte
Grape Type:Nebbiolo
Winery:La Contea di Neive
Organic:Yes
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COMMENTS
Deep red in colour. The nose is lifted and expressive with lovely Christmas cake and mint characters along with black olives and tobacco leaf adding complexity. The palate is medium to full bodied with blueberry and hints of cassis as the primary fruit flavours. The palate has great poise with the vibrant fruit, spicy French oak and fine tannin structure all wonderfully balanced, and the wine finishes with great length of fruit.

VINIFICATION NOTES
The fruit was harvested at night. Fermentation was carried out in a variety of small capacity fermenters. After pressing the parcels were filled to French oak for maturation. The wine was racked after six months and the parcels were blended to form the final wine.

MATURATION
The wine was matured in a temperature controlled barrel hall for 16 months in French hogsheads (barrels).

VINTAGE NOTES
Average winter rainfall in 2009 resulted in good soil moisture in the 2010 growing season. This combined with moderate weather conditions through most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. 

HARVESTED
March 2010

"Full crimson-purple; while quite soft overall, both in fruit and tannin terms, the wine is full-bodied and fleshy, with dark chocolate and licorice joining the blackcurrant fruit and cedary oak. 14% alc."
James Halliday's TOP 100 over $20 (November 2012), 97 pts

"This Eden Valley wine displays classic Cabernet structure. It’s full-bodied and powerful, but never jammy or soft, like some Barossa Cabs. Vanilla accents pristine cassis fruit, which shows enormous depth. Drink 2018–2025, and very possibly beyond. -Joe Czerwinski"
Wine Enthusiast (April 2014)94 pts + CELLAR SELECTION

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BRONZE AT 2012 BAROSSA WINE SHOW
BRONZE AT 2012 INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION
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 Wine Enthusiast: 94 97 Points
Chateau Suau Cadillac vin doux 2010 (500ml)

Chateau Suau Cadillac vin doux 2010 is a blend of 60% Semillon & 40% Sauvignon ~ only the Semillon is botrytised. Sauternes style white with delicious honey, apricot, apple and pear flavors. Lovely freshness and acidity. Luscious wine.

Cambon la Pelouse Haut-Medoc 2010

Cambon la Pelouse Haut Medoc is produced from a careful selection of the grapes. Made from 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Limited yield: 45 hl/ha.
Aged in oak barrels for 12 months (50% new oak). Intense ruby/purple color. Delicate aromas of red fruit, liquorice, vanilla and caramel. Ripe fruit flavors, well balanced, great harmonious structure, silky tannins and a good length.

Pairs well with game and red meats, cured cheeses.


 

Product Description

La Contea Serragrilli Barbaresco - 2010 is 100 percent  Nebbiolo
Town of production: Neive
Subzone: Balluri, Marcorino, Gallina, Serragrilli
Altitude: 250 - 300 meters.
Sun exposure: Southwest, Southeast, South
Surface area: 3 hectares (7.44 acres)
Soil type: Clay and limestone
Age of the vines: 15 years
Harvest: by hand in small crate (20 kilos) in the second half of October
Vinification: in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at maximum 30° Celcius (86° Fahrenheit).
Fermentation and skin-contact maceration for 15 to 20 days with daily pump-overs and frequent delestages. (Delestage is a fermentation and maceration technique used in red winemaking from grapes that gently extracts phenolic compounds by oxygenating the juice to produce a softer, less astringent wine exhibiting more fruit character.)
Ageing: 18 months in 225-Liter French oak barrels (20% new and 80% used) followed by 6 months of bottle ageing.

Tasting notes: This wine shows nice aromas of roses or violets with flavor notes of cherry, truffles, fennel and licorice. As the wine ages, it can develop smoky notes and more earthy and gamy flavors such as leather and clove. This wine can be aged for a few years, but the tannins are already quite well integrated. Enjoy with grilled red meat dishes and cheeses.

Winery: La Contea di Neive

The La Contea di Neive Estate
The wine is a living material, with an exact date of birth, an evolutionary path and an end determined by its ability to continue over the years. Each wine should be tasted at the best time of its evolution, because only then will express their optimum harmony on the type to which it belongs.

The care for the quality, love for their land and why not, by the ambition to compete with the production of wine, real engine of the agricultural economy of Alba, was born, the work of Tonino Verro, in the early 90 a small farm, with appropriate technology, also known as La Contea. Tonino's commitment also extends to the vineyards spread over the hills of the Langhe and Roero and the production decision is aimed at the quality, the lower yield of the strains has increased the structure of the wines, the concentration in color, fruity fragrances and in complexity of taste.

As the restaurant is owned by Tonino so the farm is in the hands of Claudia. Match of the few vineyards of ownership, increased by all the vineyards in the best surì acquired, we now offer a very special wines from grapes treated with natural methods and organic farming, especially with so much passion.

 

The La Contea di Neive Vineyard
 Barbaresco became a DOC in 1966 and it has been a DOCG since 1980.

In Neive, the Nebbiolo grape is fourth in plantings behind the cultivation of Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato but this region is known for making some of the most powerful and tannic expressions of Barbaresco. Located east of Barbaresco, Neive is responsible for 31% of Barbaresco's production and makes some of the most full bodied and tannic wines.

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