Barbacan, Alpi Retiche Rosato 2020Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Variety: Nebbiolo and a few other indigenous varieties
Barbacan is a miniscule estate of just three hectares in the far north of Italy on the Swiss border. Here the Sega family is one of the few growers in the appellation of Valtellina in Lombardy that are making wine completely naturally. Coupled with what the Italians call “heroic viticulture,” the grueling work put forth by this father and his two sons is beyond impressive. Valtellina is a serious valley of terraced vineyards. Both human efforts and the grapes are stressed, and this shows in the beautiful wines of this unique Alpine area. Chiavennasca is the local name for the variety we know as Nebbiolo.
The Noah’s Ark on this label shows the family’s ambitions to recover local varieties. Sure, Nebbiolo is in the mix, but so are Brugnòla, Chiavennaschino, Pignòla and Negrera as well as a few others. This is aged eight months in steel and released to drink right away.