Crealto &

Crealto 'Agricolae' Barbera 2021

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Eleonora Costa and Luigi Armanino came to Monferrato from Genoa in 2008 and took over a winery that looks out on a spectacular vista of vines, forests, and mountains. Named Crealto after the Piemontese word for chalk, the soils lend a mineral finesse to what are otherwise hearty, tannic wines. Their 'Agricolae' Barbera is a fantastic example of their approachable, warm style. While it's not a shy wine, it has notes of spiced apple, cinnamon stick, cranberry, and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee to complement the darker cherry and cacao flavors. It is a crowd-pleasing red with some meat on its bones but plenty of spicy, lively, textural elements to match. It sees three weeks of maceration before aging in steel tank for eight months and another 2-3 months in bottle before release. Eleanora and Luigi are certified organic, pick everything by hand, and keep sulfur additions to a minimum in the cellar. Jonathan Kemp

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