Maraia Barbera del Monferrato DOC 2018

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

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    "A lean, sinewy style, evoking black cherry, earth, and bitter almond flavors. The firm structure keeps this trim and focused. Moderate length. Drink now through 2023."
    Grade: Best Value
  • Forbes Author: John Mariani
    Date: Friday, September 4, 2020
    Best Italian Wines For Early Autumn -- "'Maraia' is another Piemontese word meaning a group of “little rascals,” referring to the wine’s “liveliness.” The Barbera grape is lovable for just that reason, because it has good acid and is very easy to drink, especially when it comes from fruit from Monferrato. Very good with pizza or tomato sauces."

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