Prunotto "Costamiole" Barbera d&

Prunotto "Costamiole" Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza DOCG 2010
(Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 92] [JS 92]

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AG92 JS92
Notes from the Winemaker:
Deep ruby and garnet red with purple and blackish highlights. Richly fruity in aromas with dominant notes of plums and cherries along with violets, cinnamon, cacao, and leather. On the palate the wine is full and ample, dense and rich in supple but structuring tannins. It is an excellent match to meat and game dishes and to well aged cheese.

Climate Notes:
The 2010 vintage began with a cold and rather snowy winter which delayed the beginning of the vine cycle. The spring and early summer continued with a somewhat cool and rainy climate, with temperatures below seasonal averages and intervals of warmer weather. At the end of July temperatures dropped once again, but the positive temperature swings between daytime and nighttime assisted in some of the delay in vine growth and development. Low temperatures in August (together with a selective thinning of the crop) helped maintain a healthy crop in the vineyard despite the abundant rainfall of the period. The harvest began on September 14th with Arneis and Dolcetto, continued with Barbera on September 20th, and concluded on October 16th with the Bussia vineyard in Barolo.

Vintage Notes:
The grapes were destemmed and pressed and fermented. To optimize extraction, the cap of skins was pumped over four times a day at temperatures of 30° centigrade (86° Fahrenheit). The wine was run off its skins into all new 60 gallon French Allier oak barrels where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation.

Aging: Barrel aging lasted a total of twelve months and a further twelve month period of bottle aging in the Prunotto cellars preceded commercial release.

Origin: The Costamiòle vineyard in the township of Agliano

Soil: Light-colored clays rich in calcareous marls.