Iuli, Barbera "Umberta" 2020


This is a beautiful wine, full of pure blackberry and cherry flavours, but with a richness and complexity that is compelling and engaging. The natural Barbera acidity keeps the wine refreshing and makes your mouth water, that makes you come back for more and more. It matches north Italian food perfectly and is an unfettered, unfussy and gorgeous Barbera.

It looks like a normal bottle of wine, but it is the best snapshot of one of the best regions for this grape variety anywhere in the world. It is the result of Fabrizio Iuli's vision to present the best Barbera in one particular sub-zone of the legendary Monferrato. This is the Montaldo di Cerrina zone that is almost exclusively situated on a thin strip of limestone soils. This allows for Barbera fruit to be really complex, aromatic and expressive without depending on the use of barriques to add structure. Indeed, Iuli only uses stainless steel, concrete or old, wooden neutral vats in order to allow the prized fruit to show at it's most pure. And that is the result that you find in the wine - it is subtle, complex but joyful and easy to drink.

Monferrato is a large area in the Langhe and includes the amazing Barbera-producing zones of Nizza and Asti. The ficus of these two regions means that Montaldo di Cerrina really operates as an agricultural backwater. There has never been much money amongst these farmers, so investments are sparse and because of this, chemicals have never been used and as a result all the vineyards are organic. And always have been.

What Iuli has managed is wonderful - he has brought together other growers to form a co-operative that originally produced DOC Monferrato Barbera. But as with so many things Italian the bureaucracy drove him mad and now all the wines are labelled as Vino da Tavola - simply table wines. In a funny way, that's really appropriate because the wines are so good with food!

Region: Piemonte

Country: Italy

Grape(s): Barbera

Style: Round, Pure, Medium Full, Juicy, Fruity, Elegant, Dark, Crunchy, Complex, Biodynamic, Balanced

Best food matches: Warm Salads, Venison, Tapas, Steak, Salads, Roasts, Red Meats, Pizza, Pasta, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Grills, Goat's Cheese, Game, Duck, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Casseroles, Beef, Barbecue

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.