De Forville 2015 Barbaresco DOCG
Item Number: 11567
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Barbaresco DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Winemaker Notes: The DeForville family emigrated to Piedmont from Belgium in 1848 and established themselves in the village of Barbaresco in 1860. Today, the fifth generation is in place: Valter and Paolo Anfosso. In the early part of the twentieth century, the DeForvilles sold their wine in bulk directly to restaurants and to retailers who then bottled the wine. In 1940 the estate bottled its first wine and now virtually their entire production is bottled at the estate with annual output averaging 100,000 bottles.
Vineyard Notes: The vines are planted exclusively within the confines of Barbaresco and are scattered among various crus, including Rabaja and Pozzo. The average vine age is 38 years.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested and then fermented in stainless steel with complete temperature control. 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. 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.
Tasting Notes: This wine is emblematic of the work done at the De Forville estate. It is rigorously traditional, marrying the finesse of Barbaresco with the alluring aromas and flavors of truffle, earth, red berry, rose, tar and leather. A backbone of sweet, dusty tannins provide length to the finish.