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2013 Birbet, Marco Porello

2013 Birbet, Marco Porello
ref. PORE130 JUL14

Wine VarietyThere are numerous grapes including the word Brachetto in their titles. This is the Piemontese variety, probably coming from where it's grown in the hills of Asti/Monferrato. It may be that this is a very ancient grape; that it was planted here in Roman times. In the 1970s a new style of wine was created from this variety: Brachetto Spumante, a low-alcohol, gently sweet red fizzy wine. Brachetto d'Acqui now has its own DOGC (Denominazione de Origine Controllata e Garantita). Some say that the vine Brachetto del Roero from which Birbet is made is a different plant to that of Brachetto d'Acqui. The wine name Birbet was created to acknowledge this difference but the style of wine is the same. 

Wine Region: We're in Roero here, west of Asti and south of Turin. This is a land of food and wine production. A large range of indigenous grapes are grown for wine, and various parts of the landscape are renowned for the prodution of honey, mushrooms, peaches and pears, asparagus and truffles. 

Wine Producer: Porello are a third generation, family-owned winery that make red wine from Nebbiolo (a Daily Drinker wine past), Barbera (a current Daily Drinker wine) and Brachetto, and whites from Favorita (also a current Daily Drinker) and Roero Arneis. They are situated in Roero near Turin.

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Style
Style:
Red - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Brachetto
  Producer
Producer:
Marco Porello
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
8°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
5%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
Roero
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2015
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Piemonte
  Colour
Colour:
Sparkling Red
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Cheese
  • Puddings

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

N.B. This is not even wine! Legally-speaking, wine is a fermented beverage over 5.5% abv and this, at a mere 5%, is actually called "partially fermented grape must".

Initially tasted at 15.4 degrees C. A pretty, pale ruby red through which some large-ish bubbles rise. Dom Pérignon rosé this aint. The nose is beautifully grapy, with aspects of the rose garden and strawberries and a hint of something spicy. This is medium-sweet and wonderfully fragrant in the mouth: a mouthful of joyous grape juice! There's the merest whisker of fine tannin and the bubble, plus fresh acidity keep this clean as a whistle. Think of it as a guilty pleasure: like the liquid left in the bottom of a bowl of celestial fruit salad. Sit in the bath and drink it; hang it all, drink it at breakfast. It's only 5% and will do you no harm whatsoever (please consult your doctor if in any doubt over this statement). You could chill this down to 9 degrees or so and let it warm from there. If it gets the chance. 

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