De Forville

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Barbaresco, Piedmont
People: Valter Anfosso & Paolo Anfosso, Owners & Winemaker

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De Forville 2013 Arneis, Langhe DOC Login In Stock
De Forville 2015 Chardonnay, Ca del Buc, Piedmont DOC Login In Stock
De Forville 2014 Barbera d'Alba DOC Login <1 Case
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De Forville 2014 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Login <1 Case
De Forville 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Login DEC 90 In Stock
De Forville 2013 Barbaresco DOCG Login In Stock
De Forville 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo DOC Login In Stock

The name of De Forville is closely related to a wine that has become more and more important over the years: Barbaresco. The De Forville family immigrated to Piedmont from Belgium in 1848 and established themselves in the village of Barbaresco in 1860. Here, the family was instantly engaged in growing the Nebbiolo grape under the direction of Gioachino De Forville. He was succeeded by his son Vincenzo, followed by Vincenzo’s nephew Paolo. Paolo’s daughter, Mafalda and her husband, Bruno Anfosso, represented the fourth generation. Now, the fifth generation is represented by their sons: Valter and Paolo Anfosso. To Paolo and Valter wine is not only a drink, it is the heritage of a territory that has to be protected and promoted among those who appreciate wine that is produced respecting the tradition which made it great, and which has adopted innovative technology to support the production.

The production area of Barbaresco is made up of a soil of clayish marl that was formed about forty million years ago. The presence of the Padan Sea left not only fossils, but also minerals that give the grapes unique aromas and characteristics for very full-bodies wines. The vineyards of the winery De Forville stretch over about eleven hectares in the communes of Barbaresco (4.5 hectares) and Castagnole Lanze (6.5 hectares in a commune that is about four kilometers east of Barbaresco in the direction of Asti). Nebbiolo and Dolcetto are cultivated in best crus of the village of Barbaresco: Rabaja, Loreto, Ovello, Cavanna and Pozzo. The family production is supplemented by purchases of grapes from growers with whom the Anfosso family has long ties, usually over multiple generations. Dolcetto is also planted in the Loreto site, and Barbera is cultivated within the cru of Ca'Grossa. The production from the vineyards in Castagnole Lanze is from the site known as Ca del Buc.

Paolo and Valter like to define their wines as "wines with personality," obtained from very careful work in the vineyards, where respect for the nature is essential to raise grapes that will give quality juices with good aging potential. The two white wines, Moscato d’Asti and Piemonte Chardonnay, are aged in stainless steel before bottling. Malolactic fermentation is normally blocked and bottling takes place in March or April of the following year. The reds are traditionally vinified, being fermented on the skins throughout a cuvaison that may extend (for the Barbaresco) for as long as 4 weeks. At the end of November, the wines are racked into large oak barrels (50 to 60 hectoliter size) and the malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. For the Barbaresco, several rackings will be done during the first year and thereafter the wines will remain in barrel for an additional 2 years without a racking. The Barbaresco is then bottled without filtration. The Dolcetto is normally bottled prior to the next harvest and the Barbera within 18 to 20 months from the date of harvest. These wines are particularly age worthy and, after receiving sufficient bottle age, develop the complex aromas of fruit, earth and flowers that can only result from wines that are vinified in this traditional manner. The Anfosso family also bottles its young vines Barbaresco as Langhe Nebbiolo and produces a Nebbiolo d’Alba from vineyards in the neighboring commune of San Rocco d’Elvio.

Reviews

  • De Forville 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
    Decanter
    Rating: 90 (8/1/2016)

    The De Forville family has been making wine in Piedmont since the 1860s. From the lesser-known grape Dolcetto, this has aromas of bright red fruit leading to notes of black cherries and a hint of licorice. It's fresh and juicy with youthful red and black fruit characters and a nice complexity too.