Cascina Zerbetta Rosso di Monferrato - Piedmont
REGION: Piedmont, Italy/p>
VARIETIES: Barbera, Merlot
Piedmont is one of the true homes of the very best Italian wines, along with Tuscany and Veneto of course. Here, usually, Nebbiolo is King, with its truly powerful Barolos. A close second, however, is the more refined, elegant Barbera - a wonderfully delicate and versatile grape that really expresses where it comes from, and is therefore very different from one town to the next. Winemaker Paolo Malfatti makes blends his wonderful Barbera which come entirely from his small family estate, with Merlot, which adds a certain smooth luxury to the overall wine. Fully organic, and with minimal sulphur use, his dedication to just getting out of the way of great grapes is admirable.