Principiano Barbera D'Alba Romualda 2013

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Principiano Barbera D'Alba Romulada 2014

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Barbera de La Romualda ripens on 7,000 square meters of land with sixty year old vineyards, located in a subarea called Pian di Romualda in Monforte d'Alba.
Attention to each phenological stage and drastic thinning allow to reach full ripeness and concentration and to harvest in late September. Fermentation and maceration without inoculated yeasts and without added sulphur between 30 and 60 days. Ageing takes place for 20 months in 400 litres barrels and then in bottle.
150 cases produced.

Ferdinando Principiano is one of the new crop of exciting young winegrowers to farm Piedmont's Langhe hills. He graduated from Alba's Scuola Viticole Umberto-1 in 1993, joining his father Americo at the Monforte d'Alba domaine following an apprenticeship at both Giacomo Conterno & Roberto Voerzio; the best of both worlds you could say. The former drove his determination to produce a pure and balanced style of Barolo, persuading him that nurturing the vineyard soil and rejecting the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides gives the correct conditions for the vine to thrive in. Voerzio taught him tradition for its’ own sake does not necessarily give you the best results.

Initially seduced by the '90s fashion for making supped-up wines that 'guaranteed' 100 point scores in American magazines, Ferdinando changed direction in 2003 when he found that these same wines proved undrinkable, falling over with age. Now the yields are not so low; the vineyards rich with wildlife; the roto-fermentors removed; his foot off the gas. The Wines are all aged in French oak, the fermentation shorter and the ripening period extended when desired in his now all-organic vineyards.
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