Three things to know about our Barbera Ciabot Camerano
Do you know which are the vineyards that occupy the widest surface area in Piedmont? Nebbiolo? Dolcetto? Moscato, maybe?
Its none of these; it is barbera grapes which are widespread throughout Piedmont, especially in the provinces of Asti, Alessandria, Torino and Cuneo, where above all, it is most cultivated in the Langhe and Roero.
Barbera is a common Italian vine. Its also rooted in Oltreppò Pavese, on the Piacentini Hills, as well as in Franciacorta, Umbria, Campania and Sicily. Introduced by Italian immigrants, it can be found overseas, covering large areas in California and South America.
However, the most revered expression of Barbera vines is the Piedmontese, with whom there is an enduring bond. The best of these are Barbera d’Asti DOCG and Barbera d’Alba DOC. The first is a wine typical of the Astigian hills and Alto Monferrato, with a noble, robust and austere style that is aged in either steel or wood. The Barbera d’Alba is also noble, but generally points more to elegance, balance and a great harmony between the perfumes and aromas of matured red fruit. These particular characteristics, combined with the fact that they are often casked in barrique, have given rise to the best expressions which have long since been coined “Baroleggia”: a local jargon that says that Barbera d’Alba resembles in nobility and complexity, the mythical King of Wines.
Discover the characteristics of our Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano, the barbera Macarini that is born within one of the most famous cru of La Morra.
BARBERA D’ALBA CIABOT CAMERANO
Ciabot, in Piedmontese dialect, indicates a particular type of little shed that was built in the vineyard to house tools, and in extreme cases, shelter from bad weather. The largest ciabots, at times, could be used to accommodate a few people for seasonal stays. The most unique and rare case, the Ciabot Camerano, built a little more than a century ago, was the home of its namesake family, and with the passing of time, lent their name to the surrounding area. Everyone in La Morra calls the vines around this little building the ‘vines of Camerano’ even if, officially, they fall within the cru La Serra.
The Son of a Grand Cru
Yes, indeed! Our Barbera vines come from La Morra and not just from any place. The rows fall within the cru La Serra, the same from which Marcarini makes his namesake Barolo. An area that is not only prestigious, but very particular: microclimatic conditions - characterized by remarkable height and optimal ventilation - that give fresh and spicily perfumed wines.
An Important Wine
Our Barbera Ciabot Camerano is an important wine. For this, we do not release bottles that are too young, but, in comparison to our Dolcetto or Nebbiolo, after one year. It is left to refine for longer so to be able to better appreciate its proper taste evolution. As a result, it is a wine that is adaptable to any pairing challenge, thanks to its sharp acidity and freshness, dissolves gently in the mouth always inviting another sip!