Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore 'Madama', Gianni Gagliardo, Piedmont, Italy 2017
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Gianni Gagliardo, Piemonte, Italy
The history of the Gianni Gagliardo estate can be traced back to 1847, when the Colla family first began working vineyards in the area. At that stage, grapes were sold to other local winemakers. However, in the 1960s, fourth generation grape grower Paolo Colla took matters in to his own hands and began to bottle his own wine.
Paolo’s daughter Marivanna married Gianni Gagliardo in the early 1970s and together they established the winery in its current form.
Nowadays the sixth generation of the family is at the helm, headed by their sons Stefano (oenology), Alberto (viticulture), and Paolo (business).
Over the years, Gagliardo has gradually purchased land in many of the best vineyards in the townships of La Morra, Verduno, Barolo, Serralunga, and Monforte d’Alba, the very heart of the Barolo appellation, and in Monticello d’Alba in the Roero district. Vineyards are always acquired with the same objective in mind, to uncover the finest possible expression of Nebbiolo that each individual terroir can offer.
The Gagliardo brothers now preside over 23 hectares of vineyards, producing some of the regions finest wines. They have always based the management of their vineyards on maximum respect for the vines and the soil, highlighted by their conversion to organics in 2017. In order to offer the drinker as accurate an insight as possible to their unique terroirs, no selected yeasts are added during fermentation. Additionally, all their wines are left unfiltered, instead they are naturally stabilised by a cold winter in the cellar.
Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore 'Madama' 2017
100% Barbera aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. 2017 is a vintage that shows richness and opulence. However the Gagliardo team have managed to ensure the wine still maintains perfect balance and freshness of fruit.