Marcarini presents Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano 2016
Nine months in steel and equally as long in wood, the 2016 vintage of Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano is ready to hit the market. It will be a well-balanced and mellow Barbera from the perceived juiciness of the fruit and bright colour.
The 2016 vintage was generous. A cool and dry climate, with beautiful sunny days and just the right amount of precipitation gifted us an impeccable and large harvest, which during vinification, became a brilliant coloured must that gave off incredible aromas.
A great year, if not one of the greatest, that will be ready to discover beginning February, with the Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano. In the next few days, Marcarini will be launching it on the market after its slow and delicate 18-month ageing.
After a temperature-controlled primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation that ends near the end of November. Following this, the wine is aged for 9 months in steel and another 9 months in 25 hectoliter barrels.
This is a traditional winemaking process, without the use of barrique, with the aim of enhancing the varietal subtleties while mellowing the high natural acidity of the grape. In fact, the wood used is younger so that the barbera ‘catches’ a few tannins, evolving it into a deeper wine with better structure while maintaining its freshness. Away with the idea that most Barbera d’Alba enters the market in the spring following the harvest. This is a process that needs time, and we respect that. The Ciabot Camerano is aged for three times longer than normal, half of which, occurs in wood.
What are people saying about Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano?
Elisa Marchetti, who since the end of 2017 began reporting on the vineyards of Marcarini, recounts that it is a “barbera that we really enjoyed, one of the best I have ever drunk. A balanced, mellow and fresh wine that was able to keep enticing me to take sip after sip. A Barbera where the acidity was strong, but not excessive, with clean aromas e notes of mature red fruits that don’t overpower the taste. In summary, a wonderful wine!”