Perrone Tasmorcan Barbera 2018

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Tasting Notes

Rich scents of black berries and currants, plums and dates lead to flavors of blackberries, black raspberries, plums, and spice balanced by structuring, fresh acidity.  It is medium plus body with a medium plus finish.


Stefano Perrone, a retired champion motocross racer, took over his father’s estate in 1989.  He is best known for his amazing Moscatos, although he has also branched out into the region’s other classic varietal, Barbera.  In the late 1990’s he recognized that the Asti zone possessed many old Barbera vineyards, and purchased two of them, one 40-years-old and the other with an average vine age of 70 years. From both vineyards, Stefano produces Barbera that captures the ethereal freshness for which the Asti zone is noted.

The name "Tasmorcan" comes from the name of a badger with the face or snout of a dog in the Piemontese dialect:  Tas = Tasso (Badger) - Mor = Muso o faccia (Muzzle or face) - Can = Cane (dog)

This Barbera, showing structure, strong varietal backbone, and a lingering finish is produced from vines in the Mongovone vineyard. Tasmorcan means Badger in Piedmontese, and was chosen because the animals kept eating the newly-planted Barbera vines. Mongovone is a steep, south-facing vineyard located in Isola d’Asti and is one of the Asti zone’s great vineyard sites. All hand-harvested grapes, 80% of the wine is aged for four months in old large barrels and the rest is aged in French oak casks.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Grilled preparations, Ham, Hearty stew, Mexican, Mushrooms, Pizza, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce

Italy, Piedmont
Grape Varietal:
100% Barbera
$20.00 each