2013 Prunotto "Pian Romualdo" Barbera d'Alba
A high-pitched red, featuring firm tannins that frame the black currant and bilberry fruit. Fragrant, racy in structure and elegant, with a long finish. Drink now through 2019. (BS)
The 2013 vintage was cold and damp in Alba, but a sunny fall and a steady hand at the sorting table helped create beautiful, intricate wines. From the commune Monforte d’Alba, which is littered with the most famous of Barolo vineyards, this wine is 100% Barbera and aged in traditional Slavonian oak barrels of 77 hectoliters (you could fit the contents of over 34 standard barriques into one 77-hectoliter barrel). The Pian Romualdo is aged for one year in wood and is then bottled. The results are a classic expression of Barbera. The nose has hints of woodsy aromatics, dried flowers and bits of spice. On the palate the wine is long and elegant, with a good rich center showing layers of dark fruit. A persistent and vibrant finish makes this wine an ideal accompaniment to hearty pasta dishes or hard cheeses.