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Producer: Michele ChiarloGrape Varieties: 100% BarberaOptimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: An excellent and very complete wineAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italy
Michele Chiarlo was born in the Monferrato region of Piemonte where his family has grown grapes for over 5 generations. In 1956 he decided to start a small winery in Calamandrana, a small village nestling in some of Monferrato's finest hillside vineyards. Armed with enthusiasm and an iron will, he worked hard to make the best wines possible. After many years his business finally started to expand. He now owns 50 hectares of vineyards situated in the most prestigious areas and produces top quality Barolos such as Cerequio and Cannubi and a wonderful Barbera d'Asti such as his cru "La Court". He has built a cellar in Barolo to age the wines. In Gavi, he has built a modern winery near the Cortese vineyards where he grows the grapes for what many consider one of Italy's most outstanding white wines.
Chiarlo's Barolo Cerequio, Countacc! and La Court Barbera d'Asti have won many awards worldwide and are recognized as being amongst Italy's top red wines. In the 2003 Italian Wine Guide "Gambero Rosso", Barolo Cerequio 1998 gained the top "3 Bicchieri" award as did the 1997, 1996 and 1995 in previous editions. In the 2005 edition, 2001 La Court Barbera d'Asti was awarded the "3 Bicchieri" as was the 2000 in the previous year. Thanks to this recognition, the company has been awarded the much sought-after "Stella" - a star which the Guide bestows on wineries that have received the "3 Bicchieri" ten times.
Grape Variety: Barbera
Notes: Chiarlo's "Aluffi" estate situated at Castelnuovo Calcea has always been considered one of the prestigious sites for the cultivation of Barbera grapes. La Court vineyard is the jewel of this estate thanks to the ideal composition of the soil its south, south-western exposure. The most meticulous care and management take place in the vineyard where yields are kept very low and the grapes are purposely harvested late. All these factors help to produce a truly aristocratic wine which takes its place among the finest wines in Chiarlo's portfolio. This wine is produced in a limited quantity in numbered bottles.
Ageing: Half in vats and half in French barriques for 12 months
Colour: Deep purple-red.
Serve: At 17-18C to accompany roast and grilled red meats, game and mature cheese.
Taste: The superb elegance and richness of this wine places it among the finest wines in Chiarlo's portfolio. Wonderful luscious nose of cedar, cherries and chocolate through to a complex yet fresh palate and fine, long finish. An excellent and very complete wine. Will age for up to 10 years.
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