Yet another delicious wine from my region Piemonte…BARBARESCO this time!
Barbaresco is a red, slightly sweet wine and relatively light in colour. Made with the nebbiolo grape in the area of Langhe to the east of the place called Alba. In 1980 it got the status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (Controlled Designation of Origin Guaranteed). DOCG regulations state that this wine must be aged for a minimum of 2 years (at least 1 year in oak) prior to release. To be considered riserva it must be aged for at least 4 years! And it must have a minimum 12,5% alcohol level though this one has 13,5%.
This wonderful red wine gets its slightly sweet taste because of the slow process of fermentation. The nebbiolo grape tends to ripen late into October and the cool temperature in that period slows down the process of fermentation. Therefore the wine is left with residual sugar that gives it the (slightly) sweet taste.
Drink the Barbaresco at a temperature of 18-20°C accompanied with a strong first course (e.g. risotto), well-seasoned cheese or of course red meat.
Don’t be surprised if 1 bottle isn’t enough…