La Stoppa ‘Macchiona’ Barbera-Bonarda Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2010
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La Stoppa is that quintessential, old school Italian looking winery you picture when you pour a glass of vino and shove your face into some Bolognese. Rows upon rows of vines, thick forest and ruins of a medieval tower bless the property. In the early 90s, international varieties were replaced by the local Malvasia, Barbera and Bonarda. Vineyards have been farmed organically since then. Macerations are long, with very little intervention in winemaking and no sulphur additions. Wines are aged in Slavonian oak and french barrique.
The Macchiona is 50/50 Barbera/Bonarda aged in Slavonian botti for 3 years. Bottled unfiltered and aged for 2 more years. Wines are released as they see fit, so sometimes non sequential. Big and muscular, full of fruit and earth and a good amount of structure. Emilia-Romagna is all about the food, and this wine begs for a hearty meat pasta and an afternoon with The Godfather.