Name: Vietti Barbera D'Asti La Crena
Sub-Region: Barbera d'Asti
Vinous Review: 92+ points
"The 2015 Barbera d'Asti La Crena is dense, powerful and packed with fruit. An intense, dark wine, the 2015 has layers of mineral and floral notes in the background that need time to emerge. It would be a shame to open the 2015 anytime soon. I always find La Crena only truly blossoms with time in bottle. Here, too, the style seems a bit laid back relative to the recent past."
- Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate Review: 92 points
"The 2015 Barbera d'Asti La Crena shows an evolved and sophisticated personality. Indeed, this wine is released one year later compared to a Barbera from Alba because fruit from neighboring Asti requires extra time to open. The nose is redolent of black fruit with background notes of wet earth and crushed mineral. These mineral tones give the wine an almost salty quality that would pair perfectly next to ham or grilled sausage. The wine's natural acidity is also ideal for those fatty foods. The vines were planted between 1932 and 1935."
- Monica Larner
From the Winery:
"From La Crena region, located in the village of Agliano Terme with an average density per hectare of 4800 plants. The oldest part of the vineyard has been planted in 1932 in a loam-clay type of soil, with a southern exposure. The total surface is about 6 hectares. Fermentation lasts around couple of weeks in open-top stainless steel, with mechanical punching downs, délestage and many open-air pumping overs. After this, the wine macerates for another week, then it is racked and it is moved to oak for malolactic. Barriques, big oak vats and steel tanks for approximately 18 months."