Fine Wine Source Wine

April 2019

Le Croci: Le Croci (“The Crosses”) is produced by the Sperone family who have been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1911, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia and built a bottling facility in Torino. He was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility in 1965 near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. In 1983, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built the current winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato.

The Wine: Select grapes are hand harvested from the Le Croci (“The Crosses”) vineyard. This special site sits right outside the winery on a modest hill side facing south-east. The soil here is calcareous, and produces concentrated, deeply colored Barbera grapes, fit for producing rich wines with the capacity to age gracefully. Three weeks of maceration is followed by fermentation in stainless steel for four weeks at 77°F. The wine is aged for one year in small oak casks and six months in bottle before release.

Varietal: 100% Barbera

Alcohol: 14%

Tasting Notes: Dark crimson color in the glass, and the nose has a modern, full-bodied, ripe cherry and toast aroma. Lush and smooth on the palate, with wild blackberry flavors framed by ripe tannins, bright acidity and hints of vanilla.

Food Pairings: Served with cured, grilled or roasted meats, hearty pasta dishes, or rich cheeses.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: A pop of fresh blackberry and blueberry fruit with a long and silky finish. Best served with pasta and a classic tomato sauce!

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