La Stoppa - 2010 Macchiona IGT Emilia

2010 Macchiona IGT Emilia

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Variety
Barbera, Bornada
Region
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Volume
750ml

Barbera is famed for its acid and high toned fruit but here, it shows its darker side, like the hound guarding the gates of hell. Rich, rollicky Barbera and Bonarda, 40 days of maceration on skins and then aged in huge Slovenian oak barrels. Leather, shitake, tobacco and wood spice. Lots of acid in the mix to keep it trickling down. Needs a thorough decant, perhaps enjoy over two to three days. La Stoppa for many was their first sip, the portal to the world of natural wine, long before it be...Read More...

Barbera is famed for its acid and high toned fruit but here, it shows its darker side, like the hound guarding the gates of hell. Rich, rollicky Barbera and Bonarda, 40 days of maceration on skins and then aged in huge Slovenian oak barrels. Leather, shitake, tobacco and wood spice. Lots of acid in the mix to keep it trickling down. Needs a thorough decant, perhaps enjoy over two to three days. La Stoppa for many was their first sip, the portal to the world of natural wine, long before it became part of today’s cultural fabric. The 50 hectare property is located in northwest Emilia-Romagna and was founded in the late 19th century by a wealthy lawyer named Gian Marco Ageno, however the estate is currently run by Elena Pantaleoni and head vignaiolo Giulio Armani. 32 hectares of vines are planted in Barbera and Bornada for red, as well as a small amount of Malvasia di Candia, Ortrugo and Trebianno for whites. Today, the wines produced from La Stoppa are typically Emilian, but this wasn't always the case; moving forward occasionally means taking a step back. Go slow, to go fast. As such, they never release a wine before they believe it is ready to be consumed, so the releases are never chronological…a lesson in observation and patience. The wines are a snapshot on what it really means to be a natural winemaker and intuitive farmer. 

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