Araldica Vini Piemontesi Barbera d’Asti
Araldica is a large co-op with 300 members and 900 ha of vineyard. Under the direction of Claudio Manera it has become synonymous with approachable soundly made Piemontese reds and whites. Acquisitions in recent years, including Il Cascinone in the Monferrato hills (where the vineyards have been restored) and La Battistina in Gavi, are now providing grapes of superior origins from which tofashion some high-quality wines too. D’Annona Barbera from Il Cascinone, for instance, shows lots of promise. Also under the Poderi Alasia label (a series of premium wines based on individual vineyards) are Barbera d’Asti Rive, Roero Arneis Solaria, Langhe Nebbiolo Castellero and Sauvignon Camillona while an increasingly good Monferrato blend, Luce Monaca combines Barbera with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrique-fermented Chardonnay (Roleto) and oak-aged Pinot Nero (Re Nero) are also produced. More widely seen are the Alasia varietals which include bright, clean fruity Barbera, Dolcetto, Chardonnay and Cortese. Promising are Barbaresco (Corsini) and Barolo (Revello), the latter in particular has lots of character and is excellent value.
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