Barbera d'Alba Superiore " Vigna Le Masserie"
Wine name:Barbera d'Alba Superiore " Vigna Le Masserie"
Appellation:BARBERA D'ALBA SUPERIORE DOC
Cru:Vigne Le Masserie
Vineyard extension (hectares):0.5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Barbera 1990
Soil Type:Clayey at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level
Colour:Intense ruby red tending to garnet with ageing
Nose:Intense and ethereal, blackberry, plum, vanilla, spices
Flavour:Warm, full-bodied, soft, quite fresh, intense, persistent
Serving temperature (°C):18-20
Match with:Well structured meat dishes, cheese
Average no. bottles/year:2,200
Grape yield per hectare tons:6
The alcoholic fermentation and the malolactic fermentation are spontaneous.
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation in steel vats (4-5 days on the skins). Malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine matures in French oak barriques (60% new) for 12 months and further 10 months in steel tanks
Address:Frazione Pianezzo, 57 12063 Dogliani CN
Year of establishment:1968
Total annual production:40000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):11
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1.3ha Barbera 8.5ha Dolcetto 0.5ha Freisa 0.4ha Grignolino 0.5ha Sauvignon
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:50% tilled, 50% grass left between the vines
Type of viticulture:practicing organic (Agricoltura Ecocompatibile Misura Agroambientale CEE 214.1)
Harvest period:From the second week of September to mid October
Agronomist:Marco and Mario Boschis
Mario Boschis manages this lovely estate in Dogliani (province of Cuneo) supported by his two sons Paolo and Marco. This Azienda is completely family run and, apart from the family members, there are no employees. The family prefers to keep their property small and to concentrate on the vineyards that are most suitable for Dolcetto and for the other varieties that are grown, such as Grignolino, Freisa and Barbera.
Dolcetto di Dogliani has always been acknowledged as the finest expression of the varietal.
Mario Boschis produces an excellent Dolcetto di Dogliani from many different plots. There’s a springtime freshness about this Dolcetto that makes it a classic Dogliani wine: fine, floral and reminiscent of wild cherries.
The vineyards stand at 550 meters above sea level at an ideal altitude for Dolcetto. This variety prefers an even climate and mainly calcareous soil. All these conditions are found here.
Fodder (10 head of “Piemontese” cattle are kept on the property) and hazelnut trees are grown on the plots with clayey soil. “Piemontese” cattle is utilized for its (delicious) meat, but Francesco, Mario’s father, used to work the vineyards with oxen of this breed. The manure is used as fertilizer. There are also some beehives which are a passion of Marco’s. As bees are very sensitive to pollution, environmental friendly practices are strictly followed throughout the whole estate.
The delightful labels of the wines are watercolours and engravings of Teresita Terreno, a local artist. Each one represents a particular season and distinctive features of this area. The label of Dogliani Superiore Vigna del Ciliegio is designed, instead, by a neighbour: this is the only Dolcetto which matures in wood (the others mature in steel), so that the Boschis family decided that the label should also be different from the other ones.
Mario’s two sons work full-time at the estate: Paolo is an oenological technician and is more experienced in the cellar, Marco is an excellent viticulturist.
The Boschis family also makes a Barbera d’Alba, a Langhe Barbera, a Langhe Freisa, a Piemonte Grignolino and a Langhe Sauvignon Blanc.