Tanaro river, in Piedmont, crosses one of the most suitable land in the world for highly qualitative viticulture. On the right side there are Langhe, cradle of the truly well known D.o.c.g. Barolo and Barbaresco, where the marls formed in the Miocene era prevail. On the left side of the same river, you can find Roero, whose best known D.o.c.g. is a white wine, the Roero Arneis. In the hills of Roero the soil is calcareous-sandy, with abundant marine fossils, formed in the Pliocene era.

To confirm the fact that one of the components that most affect the identity of a wine is the composition of the soil, we mention the township of Castellinaldo, in Roero. In this area of ​​totally limestone lands, with some hills that are real sandbanks, suddenly there are some hills (a few square kilometers) composed of Miocene marl, a terrain very similar to that of the Langhe! Winemakers of Roero, who we know best for their production of refined and structured white Roero Arneis D.o.c.g., or for white wine from Favorita grapes and elegant red wines from Nebbiolo, here in Castellinaldo they also produce Barbera wine.

LEGAMI team had the opportunity to taste the wine “Castellinaldo ©” Barbera d’Alba D.o.c. produced by all the winemakers who have decided to keep separated the production of Barbera d’Alba wine coming from the territory of Castellinaldo. These are wines of different vintages, ranging between 2016 and 2013. In all of them we have perceived an unexpected softness for a Barbera d’Alba D.o.c. The typical descriptors of the wine are evident: red fruits. The tertiary evolutions of the aromas are also manifest: from caramelized plum to brandied cherries… in some cases even slightly spicy hints.

There is a file rouge that distinguishes and defines all 9 wines tasted: a round and harmonious taste, with an effect on the palate comparable to that of silk velvet. It is the influence of the soil composition: the unconventional Miocene marls typical of the Castellinaldo area!


December 3rd, 2018

Marco Negro