Barbera d’Alba DOC is a red wine based on the Barbera grape from the town of Alba and the surrounding Langhe hills in the Piemonte region of north-west Italy. The production zone overlaps those of the more famous Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG regions. The wine is made from 90-100% Barbera and an optional 0-10% Nebbiolo. Wines labelled Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore will have aged 12 months before sale, at least 4 months of which must have been spend in oak.
Terroir: The best vineyard sites are said to be on hillsides near the town of Barolo itself on chalky, limestone-rich clay-marl.
Wine style: ‘More serious and structured,’ compared to Barbera d’Asti, and ‘often needing French barriques to soften the flavours, especially where Nebbiolo has been added,’ says Oz Clarke (2015, p.38).