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Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba, 2012

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Franco Serra Barbera D'Alba is a great wine and a great value. This 100% Barbera presents flavors of black licorice, leather, black cherries and cracked black pepper. Smoky, medium bodied with light tannins and balanced acidity. At only 13% alcohol, this is a bottle for dinner! The grapes are hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels for six months with three more in the bottle before release.  The winery is commited to affordable quality. This is their story:

Giacomo Sperone

Pitulé, Franco Serra, D'Altieri 
The Sperone family has been making affordable, premium wines for four generations. In 1920, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia where land was inexpensive and produced good wine. He built a bottling facility in Torino and was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. With the help of his sons Paolo and Antonio, the company grew quickly and achieved distribution throughout Italy and expanded into foreign markets. In 1965, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built a new winery in Monferrato. Even as the prices fetched for wines from this increasingly fashionable region continue to climb, the Sperone family proudly focuses on value. The Franco Serra, Pitulé and d’Altieri lines provide everyone with the opportunity to drink thoughtfully crafted, distinctive wines from Italy’s most renowned regions.

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