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Riserva Fracia 2017

Riserva Fracia 2017

Barbacan

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  • Place: Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy.
  • Grapes:  Nebbiolo (locally called Chiavennasca).
  • Farming: Certified organic.
  • Winemaking: Fermentation in neutral oak.
  • Style: Dry, red wine, medium body.

Producer Profile

Barbacan is a small, family-owned winery located in the Valtellina region of Italy. The winery is run by the Sega family, who have been making wine in the region for generations.

The vineyards of Barbacan are located on steep slopes at an altitude of over 1,000 meters. The soil is poor and rocky, which helps to produce wines with great character.

The Sega family practices organic farming and uses sustainable winemaking practices. They do not use herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers in the vineyard. In the cellar, they ferment the wines with native yeasts and do not add any sulfur dioxide or other additives.

The wines of Barbacan are known for their purity of fruit and their expression of terroir.

Wine Region

Nestled in the northernmost part of Italy, Lombardia (or Lombardy in English) has a viticultural history that spans millennia. Lombardia is bordered by Switzerland to the north and is surrounded by other Italian regions such as Piemonte, Emilia-Romagna, and Veneto. Its geographical diversity is marked by the majestic Alps in the north, the rolling hills in the south, and the expansive plains of the Po Valley. This varied landscape is punctuated by iconic lakes like Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Iseo, which play a significant role in the region's microclimates.

The terroir of Lombardia is as diverse as its geography. The Alpine foothills provide cool temperatures and excellent diurnal range, ensuring slow maturation and aromatic development in grapes. The lakes, particularly Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, act as temperature moderators, preventing extreme temperature fluctuations and fostering a Mediterranean climate conducive to viticulture. The soils vary from glacial deposits in the north to limestone, clay, and sand in the southern parts, each contributing distinct characteristics to the wines.

Lombardia is renowned for its sparkling wine, Franciacorta, often compared to Champagne due to its method of production and quality. Made primarily from Chardonnay, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), and Pinot Bianco, Franciacorta boasts fine bubbles, complex aromas, and a distinct minerality.

Another notable wine is the red Valtellina, produced mainly from the Nebbiolo grape (locally known as Chiavennasca). These wines are known for their elegance, bright acidity, and potential for aging.
Lombardia also produces a range of still white wines from grapes like Trebbiano di Lugana and Turbiana, especially in the Lugana DOC, which lies on the southern shores of Lake Garda.

Lombardia's culinary heritage is as rich as its winemaking tradition. For Franciacorta, consider pairing with regional dishes like Risotto alla Milanese or fresh lake fish preparations. The acidity and bubbles cut through the richness of the dish, creating a harmonious balance.

Valtellina wines, with their tannic structure and bright acidity, are perfect with hearty dishes like Pizzoccheri (a type of pasta made with buckwheat flour) or Bresaola (air-dried salted beef).

Lugana whites, with their aromatic profile and minerality, pair beautifully with freshwater fish dishes or creamy pasta preparations.

Lombardia's Franciacorta was the first Italian sparkling wine to receive DOCG status (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), a testament to its quality and significance.
The region's unique Sforzato di Valtellina wine is made using a process similar to Amarone, where grapes are dried to concentrate flavors before fermentation.
Despite being one of Italy's smaller wine-producing regions, Lombardia boasts an impressive number of DOC and DOCG zones, highlighting its diverse viticultural potential.

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All our wines are made from organic or biodynamic grapes using a low intervention approach in the cellar.

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