Cascina Barbàn "Albera" 2020

Blend of Muetto / Nebbiolo / Mostarino
A still red wine from the Piemonte region of Italy.

Smokey. Nail polish & red fruit.

Tasting Notes

Albera 2020 from Cascina Barbàn has a deep ruby colour.

On the nose it’s smokey and alcoholic with notes of nail polish that mix with red fruit and hay.

The mouthfeel if potent with grippy tannins.

The finish is medium.

Score 85

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Cascina Barbàn "Albera" 2020
Albera (2020) Review
Estate making Albera Estate Cascina Barbàn
Albera (2020) Label Albera
Style of Albera Style Red & Still
Country of Cascina Barbàn Country Italy
Region of Cascina Barbàn Region Piemonte
Grape blend of Albera Grapes Muetto, Nebbiolo, Mostarino
Vintage of Albera Vintage 2020
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Muetto has been growing for decades in Val Borbera, in the North West of Italy, between Piedmont and Liguria.

Yet Muetto hasn’t been formally registered among the Piedmont grapes. The (costly) application has been filed thanks to local donations but the process, in red-tape rich Italy, is long…

Muetto has an aromatic character, ripens fast, produces big yields and a light and drinkable wine.

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Wine making grape

Nebbiolo is an Italian red wine grape variety best known for its production in the Piedmont region, where it produces the DOCG wines of Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Gattinara, Carema, and Ghemme. The word “nebbiolo” is thought to come from the Italian nebbia or Piedmontese nebia, which means “fog.” A thick, dense fog descends on the Langhe area, where many Nebbiolo vineyards are located, during harvest, which usually occurs in late October. Alternative interpretations include the formation of a fog-like glaucous veil over the berries as they mature, or that the name is derived from the Italian word nobile, which means noble. Nebbiolo manufactures light-colored red wines that are tannic in youth and have tar and rose scents. The wines mature to reveal other aromas and flavors such as violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes as they age and take on a distinctive brick-orange hue at the rim of the bottle. To balance the tannins with other characteristics, Nebbiolo wines can take years to mature.

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