Alessandrino, Valli Unite, Lombardia, Italy 2018
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Biodynamic/natural – brothers in arms – value for money
The Valli Unite co-operative was born over thirty years ago, when three young men from local farming families decided to merge their vineyards in order to improve the quality of their production. At this stage, an increasing number of young people were leaving behind traditional farm life and moving to work in the cities. The hope was that by establishing a quality-driven estate in the area, many could be tempted to stay in order to see their traditional land flourish. The estate is managed using biodynamic principles and the team are ably assisted by their collection of horses, who help with a whole variety of vineyard tasks. Their manure also acts as a key ingredient in many of the biodynamic preparations which are used.
Their ‘Alessandrino’ is an exciting natural wine at an accessible price. Containing 80% Barbera, topped up with a healthy dose of Dolcetto and a touch of Croatina, the wine is fermented in concrete using wild yeasts and with no addition of sulphites. The result is an energetic, fresh and juicy wine that displays ripe cherries and smoke on the nose before a juicy, fruit-laden palate with hints of smoke and game.