La Stoppa Barbera 2010 (750ml)
The La Stoppa estate comprises 32 hectares of vines along with just as much forested area. The property’s viticultural origins date back to the late 19th century when its then owner planted it to Bordeaux varieties. In the early 1970s the Pantaleoni family purchased the property. Elena Pantaleoni joined her father in his work in the vineyards and winery full time in 1991 and is the present day owner. In the mid 1990s when the push to plant international grapes was strong, Elena made the decision to pull out the non-native varietals and replaced them with local grapes like Barbera, Bonarda and Malvasia. The last of the Bordeaux varietals were all replaced in 2005 and today La Stoppa focuses solely on indigenous Emilian grapes that are suited to their terroir.
Very expressive aromas of wet earth, black truffle, mushrooms, cherry, blueberry and anise. The palate is fresh with bright cherry, plum with a light vegetal note reminiscent of tomato vine.
100% Barbera. From 25-45-year-old estate vines on a slope on stony clay-limestone soils. The fruit is organically farmed and harvested by hand. It is destemmed and fermented with native yeasts and no sulfur in tank; maceration with the skins is for 30 days. The wine does not go through malolactic fermentation because the naturally low pH and high acidity level combine to prevent it naturally. The Barbera is the only La Stoppa wine to age in barrique, for one year in used barrels. It is bottled without filtration and aged in bottle for a minimum of 2 years before release.