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Per Bottle: $19.99
Per case of 12: $239.88
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Producer: Decugnano Dei Barbi
Vintage: 2019
Production Area: Umbria, Italy. South-west and south-east facing vineyards located at 320 meters above sea level, planted in 1986, 1997 and most recently in 2000. The sandstone soil, rich in calcium, produces an elegant, delicately coloured white with a unique sense of place.
Type: White Table Wine
Alcohol: 13%
Sugar: 1.5g/l

Description

VILLA BARBI BIANCO 2018 ~ Orvieto Classico DOC  ~ HISTORY Nestled outside the medieval town of Orvieto, the Decugnano estate has long been associated with winemaking. Records dating from 1212 confirm the presence of monks who dedicated themselves to the cultivation of local vines. The land remained under the ownership of the Church until the unification of Italy in 1861, when the estate was sold to private investors. In 1973 it passed into the hands of the Barbi family, wine merchants since the 1920s, whose work has elevated the quality of the estate’s wines to new levels and gained international recognition for the protected designation of origin of Orvieto Classico DOC.  ~ VINEYARDS Decugnano dei Barbi comprises 63 hectares in total, of which 33 hectares are under vine and 13 different grape varieties are cultivated. In contrast to the rest of the Orvieto Classico DOC area the soil is of marine origin, dating from the Pliocene epoch. The oyster fossils and seashells that can be found scattered throughout the vineyard are testament to the presence of an ancient sea. Light in colour and rich in calcium, the soil provides the perfect growing environment for the vines. The clay component ensures adequate water-holding capacity for the dry season and calcium provides vital micro-nutrients for berry cell wall development. This soil structure is complemented by a unique microclimate, with constant ventilation and marked diurnal temperature variation, essential for the retention of acidity and aromas. As a result, our wines exhibit a characteristic minerality and freshness.  ~ VINTAGE 2018 was definitely an easier vintage than the previous year. Budding was delayed after a long cold winter, followed by optimum flowering and fruit set. The summer progressed with the ideal balance of rain and sunshine without any extremes of temperature until September. Harvest was then accelerated and carried out at night in order to bring berries to the winery at a lower temperature. Overall, 2018 proved to be a very good vintage with yields higher than 2017. Ideal weather conditions during the growth phase of the vines delivered a wine with more balance and personality.

Color

light in colour

Grape Varieties

Grape %
Grechetto 50
Vermentino 20
Sauvignon Blanc 20
Procanico 10

Aroma

Pronounced aromas of golden apple and chamomile.

Taste

On the palate, crisp acidity is balanced by mature fruit and a savoury texture with a refreshing, zesty finish

Cellaring Potential

At least 7-8 years. In certain great vintages could cellar for 10-15 years. The best time to consume it starts with the 3rd year of age.

Food Matching

Shell fish, oysters, pasta with vegetables or some white meat.

Vinification

Grapes were picked at night between the end of August and the beginning of September and immediately underwent gentle pressing to avoid phenolic extraction. The yield per hectare was 8000kg, the ratio of grape yield to must was 68%. Fermentation was carried out in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 10-12 days, at 14°C.