Winery: Ca' del Baio
Locale: Treiso (Barbaresco)
In a few words: The winery's most traditional-style Barbaresco is grown on the vineyards that surround the winery, and is aged – as in the past – only in big casks. It represents the elegance of Barbaresco at its very best, without flaunting the muscle of Nebbiolo.
Site: Vineyards of bluish clayey-limestone marl, planted from 1971 to 2000
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo harvested in early October
Fermentation and Aging: Traditional stem-free fermentation on the skins for 7-15 days in steel at a controlled temperature. The wine matures for 30 months in casks made of Slavonian oak, and is then cellared for 6 months in the bottle prior to release.
Notes: Garnet red with an intense aroma of powerful fruit, dried flowers and underbrush. Dry, smooth and rounded on the palate, ending in a warm finish with nicely-balanced tannins. A natural match for roast and terrine meats, mature cheeses and fondues, meat and vegetable soups.