Ca' del Baio, Barbaresco "Asili" 2017
: Winemaker Notes :
The Ca’ del Baio story started out on this very vineyard, on one of the best-known Crus in the Langa, and this elegant, refined wine encapsulates to perfection the precious fruit grown on our oldest vines.
Denomination: Barbaresco DOCG
Location: Village of Barbaresco
Grape-variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Planting of vineyards: between 1957 and 1999
Type of soil: bluish clayey-limestone marl
Position: facing south-west
Harvest: between the end of September and the beginning of October
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
The destemmed and pressed grapes ferment on the skins in heat-controlled steel tanks for 5 to 30 days. The wine then matures in wood for 24 months, partly in oak casks and partly in small French barrels, before continuing its ageing in the bottle for 6 months.
Colour bright garnet red, with slight orange tinges; nose intense, with fruity aromas of marasca cherries and hints of violets. Spicy notes of black pepper, liquorice and goudron; taste dry, warm and soft, showing a long, rich, smooth flavour.
Goes well with braised and stewed red meats, game and very mature cheeses. As time passes, it also becomes a great meditation wine.
Serving temperature: 18°C
Ready to drink as soon as 3 years following the harvest, it gives of its best after 10-15 years – and beyond in great vintages. Cellaring recommended with the bottle lying down in the dark at a constant temperature.
: Ratings :
The 2017 Barbaresco Asili is gracious and nicely lifted. In this vintage, the Asili is a touch fleeting. Cedar, sweet pipe tobacco and mint add layers of aromatic nuance in a translucent, gentle Barbaresco that will drink well with minimal cellaring. I wish there was a bit more depth, but all the elements are finely knit in a Barbaresco that offers plenty of Asili allure, especially with a few hours of air.