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Barbacan Rosso

$45.44

Barbacàn is Angelo Sega and his sons Luca and Matteo. They grow and collect Nebbiolo, Chiavennesca as the locals call it, from their 3 hectares of vineyards in San Giacomo di Teglio in Valtellina on the border of Switzerland in the Italian Alps.  The Sega men are grower-producers, the vanguard of Valgella with a passion stronger than the mountains they work in.  It is not easy land to work, nor does the climate assist.  Steep terraced vineyards 450+ meters above sea level that involve tremendous amounts of hard, back-breaking work to obtain and maintain, ‘heroic viticulture’ as the Italians call it. From vineyard to bottle, their strength, passion and hard work is evident. 

“Made with Chiavennesca (the local dialect for Nebbiolo). A hint of alpine strawberries with exotic spices. Shimmering burgundy colour. Rippling. Fresh. Perfume of roses. Maceration is short to bring out the fruit forwardness of this Rosso. The lingering, addictive, and yet gentle bite in the background lets you know that you are drinking Chiavennesca. Fermentation is with ambient yeasts, like all of Barbacan wines. A portion is aged in neutral vats, while the remaining portion is aged in neutral big barrels (botti). The wines are then blended after about nine months of élevage and bottled without filtration. Charming and compelling Rosso from one of the most unique and great appellations of Italy. Matteo and Luca’s hands-on work in the vineyards and hands-off approach in the cellar really shine. One of the best valued Chiavennesca/Nebbiolo wines that I come across. An Italian family farm like Barbacan confirms my faith in humanity” – Racine Wine Imports

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