Vino Rosso "B Denominata" (Barbera)
100% Barbera. From estate parcels scattered about the steep hills of the Monferrato zone of Asti around the Verruàs' home village of Scurzolengo. The average age for the Barbera vines is around 40 years. The family farms organically, tending and harvesting them entirely by hand. The grapes are destemmed with berries kept whole and gently pressed without breaking the skins, just enough to kick off a native-yeast fermentation in vat. Fermentations go long in this cold cellar, as do macerations, which are up to 2 months. The wine ages for a year in a concrete before being bottled unfiltered. Zero sulfur. Family friend and artist Gianluca Cannizzo playfully depicts vignaiola Nadia Verruà as a bandita on the label; the wine was named "Bandita" for a few vintages until legal pressure from an Argentine winery forced the family to drop it, hence the "B" (and that is only part of the story, as the wine has evolved over the years from DOC Barbera d'Asti to IGT Piemonte to the current Vino Rosso).