While Argentina were busy winning the World Cup in 1978, Piero Benevelli was busy establishing his wine estate , in Monteforte d'Alba Italy. He started with 5 hectares on the beautiful rolling hills in Piemonte, with red grape varieties Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. The estate makes eye-catching Barolo wines, but there is more to their depth to their range, other than just flagship wines, and this is one of them.
His son Massimo, who has now taken over the winemaking, gained experience when he was aged only 14, since then he has gone from strength to strength. Matteo focussed his efforts not only in the winery but also in the vineyard, quickly recognising that quality wines demand the finest grapes. He is literally hands on from vine to bottle.
His wines have character and power, but also remain balanced. The Barbera is full of spice and dark cherry, it is structured but has soft tannins. It has been aged for 10 months in small and large oak barrels, the oak is there to add complexity, not to overpower the purity of the fruit. He prefers to make his wines naturally, using indigenous yeasts, and does not filter. This is delicious now but would be fun to keep for a couple of years and see the savoury notes come through.