Tasting Date Price: $16.99
Rating: WS 2009 – 88
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Vineyard Website: http://www.zoninusa.com/wines/wines/castello-del-poggio
Visual Aspect: Ruby red
Nose: Cherry, raspberry & spice
Palate: Fresh, fruity and full-flavored, with a persistent finish.
Food Pairing: wine that can be drunk throughout the meal, but which goes particularly well with richly flavored dishes, roasts, grilled meats and stuffed pastas like traditional Piemontese “Ravioli al Plin”.
Winery notes: grapes grown in the estate vineyards of Castello del Poggio, where the soils are particularly suited to the production of Barbera d’Asti
Winemaker’s Comments: Castello del Poggio lies entirely within the Monferrato area in the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont’s finest wine zones. 80% of its vineyards are in the district of Portacomaro, while 20% are at Costigliole d’Asti. The Monferrato is quite unlike any other viticultural region: here the vineyards alternate with woodland and fields, and there is great variation in the zone’s hillsides, even in the color of their soils. The estate takes its name from the medieval stronghold that dominates it, and which once belonged to the noble Bunéis family. Its northern part is today still referred to, in dialect, as the Val del Temp (which means Valley of the Temple).
Typically continental, with considerable differences between seasons and between day and night temperatures, the climate is influenced by the barrier that the Maritime Alps and the Ligurian Apennines place in the way of southwesterly winds. The property covers 174 hectares (430 acres) in all, of which 158 hectares (390 acres) are vineyards in production in Portacomaro and in the hamlet of Santa Margherita di Costigliole d’Asti. This wine is made from 100% Barbera.
Tasting Notes: Generally speaking it is the wines of Barbera D’Alba which are considered to be the most fruit forward in style with some makers really looking towards modern innovation to make up for less than ideal vineyard sites (many of the best sites near Alba have grown Nebbiolo for Barolo for hundreds of years) although increasing numbers of makers within the Barbera D’Asti zone are also looking to bring their wines in-line with a more “popular” and accessible flavour profile.