Franco Roero | Barbera D’asti Superiore Docg Mappale 213

Barbera wines of Monferrato and Nizza are virtually ignored worldwide. Stainless specimen but of mixed soils from two sub-zones. The Franco Roero Barbera D’asti Superiore Docg Mappale 213 fruit is rich, dark, spicy and the acidity less pronounced, rendered, mature. A pleasure to drink quite solid and hefty at 15.4 per cent alcohol.

From Montegrosso d’Asti Roero’s Mappale takes a heat index step back from Carbuné and from 2016. In 2015 the single vineyard, single (213) block is vilified separately from the others (including Siché and Cellarino) and spends 18 months in large barrels. Still it’s a dark, hematic bruiser with Cassis and dark chocolate, plus the omnipresent energy of acidity.