Barbaresco DOCG Fratin

Fratìn is a special terroir, on a sun-drenched hillside in one of the best growing areas for the Nebbiolo variety. In the past this hill was owned by a convent of friars, which led to its being called Fratin – ‘little brother’ – in the local dialect.

Jealously preserved in our tasting room, this historical map of little later than the Piedmontese campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte and the brief occupation of Alba by the French troops, shows how 200 years ago (1819) the estate called “Frattino”, right in front of our winery, was grown in vineyard. In this area we still produce our Barbaresco “Fratin”

The grapes from this vineyard are vinified separately to produce a wine with intense, complex qualities and great structure.
Its ruby-red colour is deep and compact, with nuances hinting at shades of garnet.
The intense nose is complex, showing fruity overtones of jam, prunes and raspberries. The varietal note of violet is unmistakeable, and is joined by more evolved aromas of spices, including cinnamon and green pepper; and to end, a warm, dry flavour, which is tannic and well-structured, leaving a slight undercurrent of elegant minerality on the mouth.
A wine with a long cellar life that makes a perfect match both for fur and feathered game such as wild boar and guinea fowl, and for medium-aged and mature cheeses.

Bottle sizes: 75 cl

Vineyard: Fratìn
Varietal composition: 100% Nebbiolo
Harvest period: early October
Vinification and ageing: crushing of the grapes, fermentation and maceration in steel.
The wine evolves for at least 9 months in small oak barrels, followed by several months in bottles stored horizontally in underground cellars.
Alcohol: 13-14.5%
Colour: intense ruby red with garnet-shaded nuances
Nose: intense and complex, with fruity notes of jam and prunes, floral hints of violet, and vinous, spicy overtones tending to ethereal over the course of the years.
Taste: warm and dry, tannic, with great structure and a long aromatic finish.
Food pairings: well-structured game dishes, and medium and mature cheeses.