Barbera d'Alba "La Chiesa"
Wine name:Barbera d'Alba "La Chiesa"
Appellation:BARBERA D'ALBA DOC
Zone:Monforte d'Alba (province of Cuneo)
Cru:Vigneto della Chiesa
Vineyard extension (hectares):0.5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Barbera 1976
Altitude:350 meters above sea level
Colour:Intense ruby red
Nose:Complex, ample, fruity, black cherry, coffe, chocolate, vanilla
Flavour:Dry, warm, full-bodied, fresh, persistent
Serving temperature (°C):18-20
Match with:Roasts, elaborate pasta dishes
Average no. bottles/year:5,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:8
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation and maceration with the skins in steel rotary fermenters for 5-8 days, the wine then matures in French oak barriques for 18 months
Address:Fraz. Castelletto, 19 12065 Monforte d'Alba CN
Year of establishment:1990
Total annual production:65000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):9.5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):3ha Barbera 0.25ha Cabernet sauvignon 2ha Dolcetto 0.25ha Merlot 4ha Nebbiolo
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:the aisles (between the rows of vines) are tilled
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:From September 20, to mid October
Agronomist:Riccardo Seghesio with the support of Paolo Ruaro
Oenologist:Riccardo Seghesio with the support of Giuseppe Caviola
The father of Riccardo Seghesio bought the estate in 1964 after the sharecropping system ended. Over the years more vineyards were gradually added. The present extension is of 9.5 hectares. The grapes were vinified at the estate and sold in bulk. Riccardo and his brother Aldo then bottled the 1990 vintage of Barbera and Dolcetto and the 1988 vintage of Barolo La Villa for the first time.
Riccardo, after Aldo sadly passed away, is supported by his nephews Marco and Sandro, both agricultural technicians, in the vineyards and in the cellar and by his niece Michela, a trained commercial secretary, who follows administration and accounting issues.
Vigneto La Villa extends for 4 hectares and is made up by various vineyards: the oldest one was planted in 1957, while the youngest was planted in 2005. Both the Baroli of the estate stem from these plots: Barolo La Villa is made from a selection of the oldest vines, while a Barolo “base” is made from the younger vines.
The first part of the new cellar was built in 1997 and a second part was added in 2003. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are strictly spontaneous.
Barolo La Villa stands out for its elegance. It is similar to the Baroli of Serralunga and it maintains its structure and its elegance in the great and small vintages alike.
Apart from the Baroli, the other wines of the range are an attractive and fresh Dolcetto, a fruity and pleasant Barbera d’Alba, a floral and spicy Barbera d’Alba La Chiesa (made from the oldest Barbera vines) and a velvety Langhe Nebbiolo.