Mick O'Connell reviews Barbera d’Alba from Giacomo Fenocchio and a white Pecorino from Torre dei Beati
Barbera d’Alba from Giacomo Fenocchio
The color is a deep ruby red with garnet reflections. It has a rather intense bouquet, with scents typical of the vine and a full bodied and dry flavor, with a distinct and pleasing acidity. It becomes mature with aging, acquiring a full and balanced flavor.
It is agesd for Six months in stainless steel tanks - six months in large Slavonian oak casks, successive maturation in the bottle
It pairs well with red and white meats, tagliatelle pasta and cheeses. To be served at around 18 degrees
White Pecorino from Torre dei Beati
The name of the estate derives from the detail of a large 14th century fresco, which adorns the local church of S. Maria in Piano. In the representation of the Judgement Day, the “Tower of the Blessed” (“Torre dei Beati”) is the final goal that souls, who have reached the after-life, strive to gain access to after many efforts and difficult trials. The family-run winemaking business started in 1999, when they decided to start managing ourselves the vineyard that our father Rocco had been looking after since 1972.
Recently recovered in our territory, Pecorino is a low yield native variety with an important oenological value, that is deserving wine lovers’ attention. The gradual harvesting and a traditional, not intrusive vinification creates this version, which is aimed at expressing Pecorino's fundamental characteristics, exalting, without exaggerating, the fresh and not banal aromatic complexity and the peculiar tasting profile, where alcohol, acidity and minerality are present in a very good balance.