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Umberta, Cantina Viticoltori del Monferrato

<strong>Umberta, Cantina Viticoltori del Monferrato</strong>

DSCF6598Umberta, Cantina Viticoltori del Monferrato
€20 from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers.

Delicious refreshing sour damson fruits, with a lovely lively acidity and a strong mineral streak. Perfect served coolish with fatty pork dishes, or a medium-strength firm cheese.

The back label simply says Vino Rosso. There is no vintage either. This small cantina, founded in 1998 by a small group of like-minded growers and winemakers led by Fabrizio Iuli, is dedicated to making high-quality Barbera in the Monferrato commune in Piemonte. They decided to leave the DOC, arguing they the authorities simply support large producers of average quality wine. These wines are excellent.

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Barbera d’Asti L’Avvocata, Coppa 2013

<strong>Barbera d’Asti L’Avvocata, Coppa 2013</strong>

ImageBarbera d’Asti L’Avvocata, Coppa 2013
€19 from Morton’s, Galway; Grapevine, Dalkey; and Cabot & Co, Westport.

Apparently the owner is a lawyer, hence the name. The wine is certainly not too serious or weighty though. This is a delicious bouncy wine brimming with juicy ripe blackcurrant and dark cherry fruits. Smooth and succulent, perfect drinking for the summer months. I would drink it with pretty well any meat dish, including chicken, risotto, tomato sauced, cold meats or gnocchi.

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