Barbera Rossore, Iuli 2017 (Piedmont, Italy)
Fabrizio Iuli makes wine in his home village of Montaldo di Cerrina (population 92) in an old farmhouse that he bought in the 90s from a drug rehabilitation center that ran the farm, but had to move on. Rossore was his first wine in 1998 and comes from 2 parcels planted in 1985 and 1990 that have never seen chemicals. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented with native yeast in cement, where they are left on the skins for about 3 weeks, then pressed off to huge, old Slavonian oak barrels for 2 years, then bottled unfiltered with just a little sulfur added. Full bodied with focused dark red fruit with lifted minerality on the long, velvety finish.