|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Black Fruits, Juicy, Fresh, Soft, Food Friendly, Easy Drinking, Concentrated|
|Dietary||Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable|
Fazzoletto Barbera Passito is a dry red wine with an impressive flavour profile. This dense and juicy red has a distinct aroma of ripe plums and cherries, balanced by a bramble acidity. On the palate, there are notes of cherry and wild plum that make this a lusciously flavourful wine. Fazzoletto Barbera Passito pairs especially well with roast poultry, game, stews, and hearty pasta dishes.
The name and neckerchief print around the bottle represent the 'Fazzoletto Rosso' worn by Italian resistance fighters during World War 2, symbolising freedom and rebellion.
About the Producer
Araldica is Piemonte's most forward-thinking co-operative, situated in Castel Boglione, in the heart of Barbera d'Asti territory. Here they work with 230 grower members to source quality grapes from around 690ha of vineyards. Many of their members joined the co-operative in the 1950s and have a long and loyal relationship with the winery. They produce wines from Piemonte's main DOC / DOCG regions - predominantly Barbera, Gavi and Moscato, but also including Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero Arneis.
Founded in 1954 by Livio Manera, father of the current Managing Director and winemaker Claudio Manera, Araldica has developed over the past 60+ years to become a major winemaking force in Piemonte, supplying wines across the globe. Claudio's wife Lella heads up quality control at Araldica, where she is responsible for the blending and approval of all wines.
Their son Carlo, also a qualified winemaker, is now part of the Araldica winemaking team. Livio pioneered developments in winemaking techniques - especially with regard to the production of Barbera - and Araldica have since continued to be instrumental in the distribution of Barbera and Gavi within the UK market and internationally. As Claudio states their aim is "...to provide a range that is both understandable and accessible. Quite simply, wine for drinking and enjoying."
Vineyard and Winery
This wine is a rediscovery of the old tradition of using partially-dried grapes to add richness and concentration. The Barbera grapes were grown on southwest-facing slopes in the Monferrato hills, at 250-400m altitude. Soils here are clay and limestone. Following the traditional passito technique - a portion of ripe Barbera grapes (around 20%), left on the vine for nearly a month after the main harvest to sun dry, were blended with fresh Barbera grapes before fermentation. This sweetens, enriches and softens the resulting acidity.
I buy this wine regularly, which must say something. First sip is always 'ah, that's fine'. Enjoyable to drink at a reasonable price.
Was gifted a bottle which was lovely. Returned to purchase more for Hogmany celebrations for the Red wine lovers. It went down a treat
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