2012
Ellena Giuseppe
'Alferi'
Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC

2012
Ellena Giuseppe
'Alferi'
Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC

This hails from a single high altitude block of Paradiso in the heart of La Morra. Low yields and selection of the best berries create the canvas for the art. 14 days of skin contact for a bit more extraction than the normale Barbera d'Alba. The wine spends 24 months in 25% new French barrique and is bottled in the summer without filtration. It then spends an additional 6-9 months in the bottle.

The 2012 vintage is a bright, rich ruby color with intense purplish highlights. The aroma is enveloping, aromatic, and deep with noticeable spices on first impact and raspberry, strawberry, and ripe cherry notes. Finishing with pleasant harmonies of wild flowers. On the palate, it is well structured, fresh, and has a supremely-balanced acidity. The tannins are enveloping and the flavors are reminiscent of sour cherries, blackberries, and prunes.

  • Region: Alba DOC
  • Varietal: 100% Barbera
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Vineyard: Paradiso - Alferi Block (La Morra)
  • Vine Age: 60 years old (Average)
  • Yield: 1.8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Calcerous Clay
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Oak: 24 months in French barrique (25% new - 75% second passage)
  • Production: 500 cases
Winery & Regional Information
CUNEO

The Cuneo province of Piedmont is an unique area grouping the Alps, rolling hills and hilltop castles. This area is also called the Provincia Granda, which means the 'big province,' because it’s the third largest province in the country. Learn More »

ELLENA GIUSEPPE

CUNEO

Agricola Ellena Giuseppe is located in the prized commune of 'La Morra'. The property is 15 hectares with five under vine and eight hectares of hazlenuts. From 1966 through the mid-2000s the Ellenas sold fruit to local co-ops and that all changed with the changing of the guard and young Mateo taking over the property with his father in 2009.  Learn More »

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