2018 Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba
Gianfranco Alessandria holds 7 hectares of vineyards divided between Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, in the località San Giovanni, the area of some of Monforte d'Alba's best known Crus. The Alessandria family, including the enterprising daughters Marta and Vittoria, farms based on natural principles, respecting the time and methods required to produce stunning wines true to their soils. They work as organically as possible only using minimal amounts of sulfur and copper out of respect for the environment and health.
The estate began when Gianfranco Alessandria took over managing his family's farm in 1986, after the passing of his father. He continued the practice of selling the grapes from the 5.5 hectares of vineyard land his father had amassed in San Giovanni, home to some of Monforte d'Alba's best known vineyards.
At the end of the 80's, at the urging of his cousin, the great Mauro Veglio, he began to bottle small portions of his wine. The first Barolo came with the 1993 vintage which was awarded the coveted Tre Bicchieri by the Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso. The new winery, attached to their home, was finished in 1996, also the first year of full production. While modernizing the facilities refined the process of the winemaking, it did not change Alessandria or his heart-felt belief in the land of Monforte d'Alba.
All the wines are aged in neutral oak, with the exception of the San Giovanni, which sees a small percentage of new barrels. Alessandria produces approximately a total of 35,000 bottles each vintage of stunning wines with great integrity.
The Barbera d'Alba represents the largest portion of their tiny production and in nonetheless remarkable in its purity. Medium bodied with gorgeous dark fruit in the mid palate and an intriguing spice, this is the perfect wine for anything from cheese and charcuterie to summer barbecue or pizza on a Tuesday.