Maraia Barbera del Monferrato DOC 2017

Marchesi di Barolo

In Piedmontese dialect, the term Maraia is synonymous with little rascals. Liveliness, exuberance, and sometimes a bit mischievous, this is a fitting name for a young, fresh, fragrant Barbera.

Terroir: The grapes used in producing Barbera del Monferrato come exclusively from best vineyards located in the community of Maranzana in Asti province. The vines are grown with Guyot (VSP trellised) system on hills with favorable inclines and terrains that are prevalently calcareous-clayey.

Vinification: The grapes are hand-picked, destalked and softly pressed. Fermentation takes in tanks at controlled temperature of 82-86°F. After eight days of maceration, the wine is racked and aged for one year in traditional Slavonian oak barrels.

Behind the Wine: Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera del Monferrato with Valentina Abbona

Additional Information

The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The perfume is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries, currants and sour black cherry. A light hint of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor is warm and robust, full-bodied, pleasant and balanced. This Barbera’s sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course, meats boiled or roasted.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Barbera del Monferrato DOC
  • Winemaker: Ernesto Abbona
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Calcareous Sand, Clay
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.5g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Barbera

Recent Press

  • Forbes Author: Michelle Williams
    Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    8 Italian Red Wines That Elicit Amore -- "In Piedmontese dialect “Maraia” means little rascal. The name was chosen due to the wine’s lively exuberance with a touch of mischief. It pours a brilliant ruby red, wild field berries, cranberries and currants mingle with warm baking spice, graphite, and black pepper. A refined mouth-feel with firm structure and balance."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    "A sleek, racy style, this red boasts raspberry, boysenberry, graphite and spice flavors. Balanced and focused, with lingering echoes of fruit, mineral and spice. Drink now through 2024." (Text from June 24th, 2019 Issue)
    Grade: Top 100 of 2019, #50 - Smart Buys

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