2016 Elio Perrone Barbera d'Asti
Working on an artisanal scale, Stefano Perrone has championed ideas foreign to most of the region's large producers. He works with many north-facing sites, for freshness, limits his yields, and sticks to a strict grape selection.
By the late '90s, Stefano was looking for new challenges. He recognized that the Asti zone possessed many old Barbera vineyards, he purchased two of them the Mongovone vineyard. One was forty years old and the other an amazing 98 years old. From the vineyards, Stefano produces Barbera that captures the freshness for which the Asti zone is noted.
Friendly and approachable, Barbera produces wines in a wide range of styles, from youthful, fresh and fruity to serious, structured and age-worthy. Piedmont is the most famous source of Barbera; those from Asti and Alba garner the most praise.
Tasting Notes: This Barbera is rich mainly due to its deep purple color, but don't let that fool you. It's fresh strawberry and cherry notes make it a light yet structured and layered wine with just the right amount of tannins to pair with a wide variety of food. Great with cheese and cured meats, stuffed pasta and meat sauces, excellent with spicy meat and turkey.
2018 Barone Cornacchi
Azienda Agricola Barone Cornacchia is among the oldest farms in the province of Teramo in Abruzzo, Italy. The viceroy of Naples granted land to a Cornacchia family member with the award of a baron title at the end of the 16th century. At that time the Cornacchia family lived in the Fortress of Civitella and controlled the fiefs situated on the northeastern border of the Bourbon kingdom. After the Italian unification in the late 19th century, the Cornacchia family left the Fortress of Civitella and settled in the hunting reserve where the present winery is now located.
Barone Filippo Maria Vizzarro Cornacchia (1872-1944) was greatly responsible for restoring and handing down the viticulture traditions of the region. After the devastating infestation of phylloxera that spread over Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, he re-planted the vineyards to ancient clones including Trebbiano.
Piero Cornacchia, the grandson of Filippo Maria Vizzarro, took control of the winery in the 1980s. He adopted new winemaking technologies as well as organic and natural methods to enhance the wines and demonstrate the uniqueness of the Abruzzo terroir. Today the company is led by Piero’s children, Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia, who have achieved organic certification (2012) and have introduced new wines while staying true to the philosophy of their ancestors.
The Trebbiano has been produced from the same hillside vineyard for five generations. The vineyards are organically farmed, and all fruit is harvested by hand. Trebbiano grapes are destemmed and gently pressed in a submerged cap tank. After a temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, to retain the freshness, the wine is matured sur lies for two months, for added complexity, with reassembly once a week.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, this 100% Trebbiano is a stunning shade of straw yellow with greenish highlights. Aromatics are intense, featuring fruity and floral notes with a hint of apple and fresh citrus. This a fresh, balanced wine with great structure and acidity. Pair with seafood, semi-matured cheese and all your Thanksgiving side dishes.