Barbera d’Asti, La Tota, Marchesi Alfieri, 2019


Important to re-state that Barbera can make a myriad of styles from simple quaffing to serious cellaring. Such is the quality of La Tota that it is able to have a foot in both camps. And well worth pointing out that here at Alfieri, the grape is planted in all the best sites. So, hardly surprising that a wine of proper depth, length, and complexity results. Available in magnum.


"I know this wine extremely well, having bought large quantities of it from Decorum when I was consulting for Bibendum Restaurant’s wine list.  It is, without doubt, one of the finest Barberas in the whole of Piemonte and, as every year passes, is it me, or does La Tota become even more regal and swaggering? In terms of value, there is nothing to touch this beauty as the serious Albese Barberas tend to come in at a £25+ price tag. Not that money is the point here. In a blind tasting with all but Aldo Conterno (Conca Tre Pile) and Giacomo Conterno’s (Francia & Cerretta) Barberas, this wine would surely triumph. Already delicious and plush, smooth and enticing, this is drinking perfectly, and the balance is sensational. It is also joyous. I say this because so many impressive red wines have a serious side to their characters (the next two most certainly do), yet La Tota is happy, gregarious, open, convivial and, like you, wants to have a bloody good time." - Matthew Jukes, April 2022

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Piemonte via Toscana? Well, in this case, yes. For Alfieri’s winemaker Mario Olivero has a holiday apartment in the picturesque village of Sant’Angelo in Colle, Montalcino. There, he met Giugi Sesti, and the pair got along famously. So, when Giugi suggested we visit Mario on our next trip, who were we to argue?
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