Vineyard: Vigna del Noce is Ezio T.'s top cru. The vines were planted in 1929.
Orientation: Southwest at 250 m in elevation.
Soil: A mix of clay.
Viticulture: Guyot training.
Vinification: Traditional fermentation with natural yeast lasting 40 days.
Aging: This bottling is sourced from one chestnut cask. The wine was left in the cask for an additional five years (making it a total of 7 years in cask) before bottling.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 1999 Barbera d’Asti Vigna del Noce Selezione Speciale spent a whopping seven years in a chestnut barrel. It is a thoroughly convincing wine loaded with fruit. This is simply dazzling juice. The wine possesses staggering amounts of fruit layered with hints of mint, licorice and tar. Amazingly, it remains very young and vibrant. It should drink well for at least another decade, and most likely quite a bit longer. It’s great to see a producer willing to take these kinds of risks. This is a flat-out great bottle of wine. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.