Piedmont is famous for its Nebbiolo-based wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but we don't always want to (or can afford to!) drink these big wines on an everyday basis. When it comes to finding something approachable in its youth, but can age for a decade, I often turn to Barbera. Not only does the Barbera grape offer something different with unique aromatics and flavours, it's a style of wine that offers amazing value for money! We are therefore delighted to offer a parcel of the outstanding 2017 Barbera d'Alba 'Vigna Vecchia' Scarrone from the legendary Vietti estate.
'The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is positively gorgeous'
The vineyard is located in the Scarrone area, from the oldest portion of the vineyard, facing the south-east. The yields are naturally low due to the age of the vines, and they are further reduced by a strict selection of the grapes. We recently tasted a bottle and it is an absolute gem of a wine that shows the potential and full expression of Barbera in the 'land of Barolo'.
The wine has huge concentration, ripe tannins and perfect balance - it will be even better with a few years in the cellar. There were only 4,298 bottles produced in 2017 and at just £29 per bottle, this falls into the 'must buy' category!
2017 Barbera d'Alba 'Vigna Vecchia' Scarrone Vietti
750ml @ £174 per 6
Made with precious old vines, some of which have reached the 100-year mark, the Vietti 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is a deep, dark and luscious red wine. It tops the charts in terms of color intensity and fruit heft. The concentration and density of the wine is considerable; however, the mouthfeel never feels heavy or overdone. Yes, this is a dark and brooding Barbera, but that fresh acidity gives the wine a little skip and jump in its proverbial footsteps. That condensed fruit is followed by rusty nail, crushed stone and black licorice. This is the finest, most complete set of wines I have ever tasted from Vietti. Congratulations.
94+pt, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is positively gorgeous. Savory, nuanced and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2017 possesses tremendous complexity and character - the brutally hot year notwithstanding. It is also very different from the straight Scarrone Barbera, which has not always been the case of late. I would prefer to cellar the 2017 for at least a few years. Drink 2024-2056.
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