MonBirone Barbera d’Alba DOC Magnum
Balanced, Intense Aromas, Long Finish
Mon Birone is a Barbera d’Alba of deep ruby-red enhanced by purplish highlights. Excellent layered intensity with aromas ranging from cocoa through toasted coffee to spices (juniper berries) and hints of cherry and plum.
On the palate Barbera d’Alba MonBirone 2010 is showing great power on entry, with the alcohol that ensures initial smoothness immediately balanced by an acidity which softens the fruity pulp. The finish is long and fresh, giving a nice balance between the fruit and wood.
This vintage was awarded a prestigious 3 Bicchieri by VINI D’ITALIA GAMBERO ROSSO
The very best barbera grapes to make Barbera d'Alba MonBirone are still grown around the top of the Mon Birone hill. The vineyards are facing east, south and west, thus enabling the producer to mitigate any variations in temperature which may occur between different vintages, and obtain a consistent standard of quality.
The harvest generally takes place during the first two weeks of October, and crushing is then followed by a traditional-style alcoholic fermentation lasting 15/20 days. After drawing off, the wine is transferred into small 225-litre barrels for the malolactic fermentation and a period of ageing that can last between 15 and 20 months.
After bottling, the wine's development is then completed in their underground cellars, where it stays for around 6 months prior to its release.
Francesco and Lucrezia
The Monchiero Carbone farm is located in Canale, in the centre of the village, in a nineteenth century stately farmhouse, which hosts in its basement a large and fascinating historical cellar, untouched for over two centuries.
The company owes its name to the union of two families through the marriage between Marco Monchiero and Lucia Carbone, and the consequent merging of the vineyards inherited from both. The origins and the connections with winemaking are, however, to be found in the past, among the members of the two families.
It was 1987 when Marco Monchiero, a nationally renowned oenologist, and his wife Lucia Carbone decided to buy the large farmhouse in Via S. Stefano Roero: they had just returned to the village following the wide-ranging work experience that Marco had gained in important Italian wineries.
In those years his son Francesco Monchiero, born in 1975, had already a very clear vision: “when he grew up” he would have wanted to produce his own wines by creating his own brand: it was in fact almost taken for granted that the son of a famous consultant oenologist, who grew up in wineries and vineyards all over Italy, could one day undertake his father’s studies and career. Less predictable that he would do so independently, creating his own company from scratch, involving his parents in the project.
This is how the history of the Monchiero Carbone winery began, thanks to the entrepreneurial Francesco who vinified his first vintage in 1990 with the help of his father Marco: there were only 2000 bottles of Roero Superiore for his thesis, in addition to those of Barbera Monbirone, produced during the two Piedmontese “giornate” (7620 meters), the only handkerchief of land inherited from his grandparents.
But it was only with the 1995 vintage, as soon as he finished his studies at the Scuola Enologica di Alba, that Francesco rolled up his sleeves and started production, with the determination and passion that distinguish him, and with the absolute conviction of the great potential of Roero, which in the 1990s had not yet expressed its strong territorial identity.
In 1994, the Roero Arneis, the native Roero white, came into the range thanks to Francesco’s strong passion, although he was aware of the long road of research and experimentation that he would have had to undertake to bring out an autochthonous grape variety that was still quite unknown. His strong love for this unique terroir will lead him to become the first president of the newborn Consorzio di Tutela del Roero in 2013.
Francesco is supported by the women of the family: his mother Lucia has always taken care of the company’s accounts with diligence and precision, while his wife Lucrezia takes care of business relations and the reception in the cellar. The right-hand man is Danilo Gallino, who has been responsible for managing the vineyards since 2003.