Producer: Azienda Agricola Bera

Grape: 100% Nebbiolo

Pronunciation: ‘Nebb-ee-oh-lo’

Region: Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

Zone: DOCG of Barbaresco

Producer Info:

Fate or history decreed that the Bera property would finish a tantalizing 400 metres just outside the Barbaresco zone. Typically unperturbed, Walter Bera has gradually developed a collection of the Piemontese classics, with each beautifully made, rich and strongly expressive – and great value.

After many vintages characterising the regular Barbaresco, in 2009 Bera decided to vinify one barrel of Basarin to designate Riserva. It would mark a significant turning point in the winery’s focus and has become the first wine from Bera to be classified according to its cru. Basarin is the closest vineyard in Neive to both Barbaresco and Treiso communes and as such the wines from this site display not only the coiled energy of Neive but also the lightness of Treiso and the elegance of Barbaresco township

Tasting note: Anyone doubting the importance of site in Barbaresco should be pointed towards a bottle each of this Basarin and Bera’s Rabaja cru. The 2009 Basarin displays all of the hallmarks of great Nebbiolo, kind of an experience for the initiated with dark tarry earth underpinning cherry skin, muddled strawberries, anise and violet. It’s equal parts pretty and powerful on the palate, encompassing and inviting with plenty of structure and spice. Still a 20+ year proposition”

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: limestone over blue marl

Production: 100% Nebbiolo, from old vines of the Basarin cru, 260m ASL, limestone over blue marl, 28 days on skins, 36 months in French oak botti & 36 months in bottle before release, 200 dozen produced & 3 dozen imported

Alcohol (%) 14%