2011 BERA BARBARESCO RISERVA 'RABAJA'Bera
Producer: Azienda Agricola Bera
Grape: 100% Nebbiolo
Region: Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Zone: DOCG of Barbaresco
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.
The most recent acquisition of the Bera family might also be the most important in the estate’s history. 1 hectare of what is just about the most significant single vineyard in Barbaresco (debatable, but there you go) which they divided only last year with their friend, the great Bruno Giacosa. Now they have half a hectare, producing only Barbaresco Riserva in the best years in very small volumes. A wine which transcends Barbaresco thanks to both the strengths of this excellent cru and the measured hand of Walter Bera. Rabaja is Bera’s only vineyard holding in the Barbaresco commune as a pose to Neive, where the other wines are from.
Tasting note: “Balsamic. Rich, sweet and earthy in its characters with a firmness about the fruit; this wine is juvenile and glowing with freshness. Soft raspberry candies, red apple skin and cherry chocolates are wrapped around mineral rich earth, white truffle and red licorice with a menthol top note. The palate, layered and complex in its weave, has to be chewed through before it shows its vibrant core which suggests there are probably 30 years of life here. I don’t doubt that this is the best single wine the estate has produced to date”
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: limestone over blue marl
Production: 100% Nebbiolo, from old vines of the Rabaja cru, 280m ASL, limestone over blue marl, 22 days on skins, 24 months in French oak botti & 24 months in bottle before release, 200 dozen produced & 3 dozen imported
Alcohol (%) 14%