Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal

Marchesi di Barolo - Peiragal - Barbera d'Asti

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The story behind Marchesi di Barolo's Pieragal Barbera d'Asti DOC is unique and this is one of our Quaranvino'ers favourite wines! 
Decades ago, the Abbona family, made the brave decision of planting this steep vineyard which overlooks the picturesque village of Barolo not with Nebbiolo (to make a Barolo) but with Barbera, another grape that finds its ideal place in Piedmont. Barbera was known as more of an everyday wine with less complexity but planted here it creates a wine which is more approachable than Nebbiolo but has more complexity than you may expect in a Barbera.
It's one of our favourite wines for date night in or impressing friends. Pair it with a variety of local Piedmontese dishes such as Vitello Tonnato, starters, soufflés, fresh egg-pasta with ragu, roasted white meats or medium-mature cheeses. 

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Peiragal is an ancient word in dialect that identifies gently sloping hills composed of very compact argillaceous limestone and big stones. This type of soil limits the amount of rainwater that is absorbed, causing the roots to grow deeply in search of moisture which then rises through capillary action from the lower layers. As a result, the vine produces loosely-packed bunches of berries and, therefore, a highly structured wine that is moderately acidic and has a balanced alcohol content with understated, delicate tannins

The one-year maturation in small, medium-toasted, French oak barrels allows the wine to attain a perfect balance between tannins, acidity and alcohol. The oak imparts a soft hint of wood to the wine in addition to the other aromas and tastes. No flavor overpowers, instead they all blend together in one uniquely pleasant experience. Barbera Peiragal matures 2 years after being harvested and reaches its peak condition between 2 and 5 years of age.

This wine is ruby red in color with brilliant garnet borders. Its fresh and lively nose has distinct traces of blackcurrant, berries, toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Immediately pleasant, balanced and harmonious, the taste is elegant with soft tannins. The spicy and woody notes blend together perfectly.