MonBirone Barbera d’Alba DOC Magnum

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MonBirone Barbera d’Alba DOC Magnum


  • Designation: DOC
  • Producer: Monchiero Carbone
  • Year: 2010
  • ABV: 14%
  • Grape: Barbera 100%
  • Region: Piedmont
  • Size: 1.5 litres

MonBirone is a Barbera d’Alba of deep ruby-red enhanced by purplish highlights. Excellent layered intensity with aromas ranging from cocoa through toasted coffee to spices (juniper berries) and hints of cherry and plum.

This vintage was awarded a prestigious 3 Bicchieri by VINI D'ITALIA GAMBERO ROSSO

On the palate Barbera d’Alba MonBirone 2010 is showing great power on entry, with the alcohol that ensures initial smoothness immediately balanced by an acidity which softens the fruity pulp. The finish is long and fresh, giving a nice balance between the fruit and wood.

The very best barbera grapes  to make Barbera d’Alba MonBirone are still grown around the top of the hill Mon Birone. The vineyards are facing east, south and west, thus enabling the producers to mitigate any variations in temperature which may occur between different vintages, and obtain a consistent standard of quality.

The harvest generally takes place during the first two weeks of October, and crushing is then followed by a traditional-style alcoholic fermentation lasting 15/20 days. After drawing off, the wine is transferred into small 225-litre barrels for the malolactic fermentation and a period of ageing that can last between 15 and 20 months. After bottling, the wine’s development is then completed in their underground cellars, where it stays for around 6 months prior to its release.

Two vineyards, two territories. Monbirone, with its hard and limy – almost chalky – soil, where just two drops of water are all it takes for the ground to become as slippery as soap; a vineyard that is as heavy to work and hard to mould as the Monchieros themselves, but is ideal for bestowing structure, power and grandeur on the barbera variety. And the light and dry, sandy soil of Tanon, which seems to have been specially designed to bring out all the fragrance and appeal of Arneis, and is as warm and friendly to work with as the Carbones.

The setting up of the Monchiero Carbone winery can be traced back to the many members of both families who earned their livelihood as vine-growers in the past. The Monchiero Carbone approach is quite different. They believe in keeping alive the local culture and history handed down to them through the generations, in seeking to raise awareness of the quality of small volume productions, in diversity, and in wines which are produced on single hillsides or even on single small plots of land, and are capable of stirring unique emotions.



Source Gambero Rosso Guide 2013

This “THREE GLASSES” assumes the meaning of a lifetime achievement award,  because Monbirone gave start to the history of Monchiero Carbone: it was the first vineyard to be purchased by the family in 1918,and the first wine to be bottled for commercialization since the harvest of 1960.



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