2009 Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita

2009 Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita Barbera D'Alba

2009 Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita Barbera D'Alba

I quite like Barbera….though I think there might be some slightly fruity bridge in my grey matter that links the variety to Jane Fonda’s finest role as a perspex-bosomed space vixen….something that had quite an effect on me in my youth.

It’s a vixen in the vineyard to, is Barbera….vigorous and high-yielding…always threatening overcropping if it is not kept in check through fastidious vineyard management. High yields = bad barberella…damn!…Barbera….as the varieties high acidity tends to be accentuated to near Spinal Tap levels. The variety is thought to have originated in Piedmonte through the hills of Monferrato. DNA profiling suggests that the variety may be a relative of Mourvedre and it remains Italy’s third most planted dark-berried vine, after Sangiovese and Montepulciano.

The Azienda Agricola Giovanni Rosso has farmed the hillsides around Serralunga d’Alba since the 1890’s before starting to bottle under their own label in 1995. It’s a small 12ha estate, renowned for their Barolo’s and the featured in a recent Decanter magazine article where Roberto Conterno of the famed estate, Giacomo Conterno, noted that Giovanni Rosso was one of the “Stars of Tomorrow”.

The vineyard sources for this particular ine are as follow: – Damiano, Costa Bella, Cerretta, Valle del Mondo and Roddino…..the age of the vines varies between 5 – 55 years of age depending on the vineyard.

The wines are traditional….the approach in the vineyard is organic….in the cellar we are talking wild yeast ferments in cement vats without any temperature control with the fermentation taking 18-21 days with regular delestages (rack & return) and twice daily plunging of the cap. Post ferment, elevage for this particular wine takes place in large 25 hL French oak casks for 12 months before bottling without fining or filtration.

Deep purple/red in hue with tight, fruit aromas that show pleasing purity and drive. Smells of blackberry and black cherry predominately with a dash of blackcurrant sitting in the background with a flash of blueberry lift. There’s hints of licorice, rosemary, thyme and oregano with lighter notes of spice, leather, dried flowers and tobacco leaf.

The initial flow onto the palate is quite tautly shaped, then the fruit characters start to swell….not overly expressive though as they are kept in check by a porcelain-like vase of sapid acidity. Again flavours of rich black cherry and blackberry dominate as the wine drives energetically onto the mid-palate where hints of scattered herbs, spice, leather and licorice make their voices heard. There are also lighter notes of pipe tobacco, dried flowers and a sprinkle of pepper.

There is vibrancy and verve here….the acidity is quite high giving the wine a snappy gait across the palate, the tannins, while not overbearing are sandy and tight-grained giving the wine an assertive form. The finish….while not overly long or complex is sapid and flavoursome and yells noisily for a substantial bowl of pasta and the company of good friends.

Price: $45 – Closure: Pro-Cork – Alcohol: 14% – Source: Sample – Importer: Andrew Guard Wine Imports



Tags: , , , , , ,

9 Responses to “2009 Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita”

  1. Stu
    May 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Steady…two posts in a week and people will start thinking you’re a wannabe blogger…

    Now I am obviously slightly more innocent than thee for this particularly grape variety makes me think of Hannah Barbera…..

    • Dave
      May 16, 2012 at 2:15 am #

      Yeah no kiddin huh?…..crazy….this Hanna Barbera wear a perspex bra also?

  2. Evan Byrne
    May 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Thanks for the great write-up Dave! See you in Sydney perhaps from 4th June? Andrew has organised a series of events while I am there – get in touch with him about coming to see us.
    Best wishes,
    Evan Byrne.
    Export Director, Az. Agr. Giovanni Rosso.

    • Dave
      May 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Evan….no worries at all, I enjoyed the wine very much. Unfortunately won’t make it to Sydney on the 4th as I’m off to Europe that week but I’d love to organise a visit on next years trip?



  3. Evan Byrne
    May 18, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    No problem. If you are around in Piemonte whenever, then come to see us!

  4. MikeBennie
    May 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Cool: ‘kept in check by a porcelain-like vase of sapid acidity’ – great write up Brookesy.

    • Dave
      May 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Thank you brother….did you get those Jura dates sorted out?….are we going to be in sync?….can we share the pain of a Vin Jaune hangover?…..so many questions

  5. BL
    May 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    La Barbera – the only grape variety with a female form I think so perhaps your “fruity bridge” may be a little more reasoned than you think. The reclining barbarella reminds me of a poster I saw in a bar in Acqui Terme. Entitled La Barbera the nude caricature (of not ungenerous proportions) kept her modesty in tact through the vine rows that covered her upper and lower torso.

    • Dave
      May 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      See there you go!…..I knew there was some connection ;)

Leave a Reply

can you buy arimidex online arimidex purchase overnight delivery arimidex no prescription needed order arimidex overnight getting arimidex without doctor order arimidex online no prescription purchase Revia paypal without prescription Cycrin buy buy Lamictal no perscription cod buy Casodex without a percsription cheapest Keflex uk order zovirax Revia cheapest place to order how to get a Lamictal prescription buy Cycrin online without a prescription Atarax doctor how to buy Casodex on line buy real Revia buying Zovirax online buy discount desogen on line Buy Vantin generic Buy Zovirax online cheap buy vantin without rx from us pharmacy buy lamictal in mo buy Atarax online us pharmacy Atarax online cash on delivery cheap Zovirax no rx Cycrin with free dr consultation Zovirax without doctor prescription Buy Principen online without prescription generic Casodex tablets cheap arcoxia no script orlistat buy no prescription orlistat overdose purchase xenical money purchase orlistat buy online without rx purchase xenical online without prescription buy xenical without a prescription in the united states no prescription xenical on line pharmacy how to buy orlistat without a prescription pharmacy where you can purchas� orlistat without prescription orlistat 120 mg orlistat online pharmacy where to buy xenical no prescription generic xenical online how to buy feldene on line keflex online sale without prescription where to purchase generic asacol online without a rx desogen buy fedex nonprescription zovirax tenormin non rx fedex overnight free cleocin overnight delivery next day delivery keflex with no script where to buy vantin by cod revia prescription order generic cytotec online no prescription desogen citrate purchase zovirax online no membership order lamictal online without a prescription buy cheap desogen with dr. prescription generic 20mg benicar online fedex arcoxia without priscription purchase vantin money purchase feldene without a r x buy genuine principen online buy benicar online no rx low price rx online website asacol purchase feldene money purchase buy benicar without prescription buy feldene shipped cod purchase feldene without a prescription overnight shipping prescription lamictal no prescriptions needed for arcoxia problems with buying casodex without rx wholesale arcoxia cheap zovirax with out a prescription buy cheap zovirax online tenormin on line no script buy cycrin overnight shipping purchase arcoxia over the counter cod overnight how to buy cleocin without a prescription i want a zovirax prescription buy vantin no rx tenormin fast delivery no doctors arcoxia toronto desogen purchased online without prescription generic asacol 400 mg overnight shipping on generic vantin lamictal ordering without a dr feldene available at health department where to purchase cheap principen no rx buy lamictal cheap without prescription fedex principen without priscription buy asacol without a prescription overnight delivery wholesale zovirax cheap atarax on line buy revia in england buy vantin diet pill buy benicar online without a prescription i want to buy tenormin without a perscription buy cheap vantin line keflex with no prescription and delivered over night atarax oral tablet no prescription discount tenormin order zovirax with no prescription overnight shipping benicar capsule buy cheap vantin generic benicar buy 40 mg buy tenormin online no prescription atarax order online no membership overnight buy in orlistat uk generic xenical online where can i buy orlistat without a prescription? medikament orlistat orlistat no rx order xenical for cash on delivery buy orlistat without a rx overnight delivery xenical prescription online next day delivery buy orlistat next day delivery buying xenical without a prescription xenical no physician buy xenical online without prescription order xenical no prescription xenical 60 mg without prescription cytotec sale no prescription online pharmacy xenical no prescription xenical without a rx xenical online purchase ordering xenical over the counter order orlistat online overnight shipping order no prescription orlistat mail order xenical orlistat cheap online xenical with no prescription overnight shipping orlistat express online non prescription orlistat orlistat cheap no rx required canada buy generic xenical online buy herbal orlistat order xenical without rx how to order xenical online without a rx orlistat bestellen purchase orlistat prescription online buy online orlistat order xenical cheap overnight non prescription xenical buy xenical 120mg buy xenical without a r x purchase rx orlistat without buy orlistat line buy orlistat online uk buy cod orlistat purchase xenical usa cod order cheap overnight orlistat no prescription generic xenical buy cheapest orlistat where to purchase orlistat oral cheap buy xenical no visa online without prescription purchase orlistat cod next day delivery orlistat available canada cheap prices on xenical purchase orlistat cod delivery buy cheapest orlistat order orlistat pharmacy purchasing xenical with overnight delivery buy orlistat pills no prescription xenical without a r x orlistat buy online without rx orlistat fedex purchase orlistat free consultation purchase orlistat visa without prescription xenical no prescription needed 120mg buy orlistat in england purchase xenical without a rx online orlistat available at health department canadian prescriptions xenical xenical no prescription needed 120mg non prescription orlistat orlistat in usa canadian pharmacy orlistat orlistat online purchase orlistat online no prescriptions required from the us buy xenical no prescription xenical no rx foreign buy xenical next day delivery buy xenical online without a script orlistat ordered without a prescription xenical shipped cash on (buy orlistat online without a prescription|Orlistat purchase without perscripotion|buy generic Orlistat online no prescription|buy Orlistat without prescription|buy Orlistat without a prescription in the united states|buy Orlistat 60mg|buy Orlistat next day delivery|Orlistat with no prescription|Orlistat without a prescription|generic Orlistat online|Orlistat 60 mg without a prescription|Orlistat sale no prescription|where to buy Orlistat) (orlistat no prescription needed 120mg|Orlistat available canada|Orlistat fedex|best place to buy Orlistat online?|buy Orlistat online uk|buy Orlistat no prescription|can i buy Orlistat online|can i get Orlistat without rx|how to order Orlistat|how to purchase Xenical|order Orlistat online no prescription Pharma Life|Pay COD for Xenical without prescription|Orlistat order online|Orlistat ordered without a prescription|Orlistat buy online|were to buy Orlistat) xenical online uk (orlistat cheap no rx required canada|Orlistat purchase without perscripotion|buy generic Orlistat online|buy Orlistat pills no prescription|Orlistat precio|Orlistat without a prescription|generic Orlistat online|generic Orlistat without a precsriptions|Orlistat without prescriptions in usa|Xenical generic no prescription) (order orlistat mastercard|canadian generic Orlistat no prescription|non prescription Orlistat) (prescription orlistat|Orlistat online purchase|buy Xenical australia|Orlistat online cheap|order Orlistat without rx|UK medication Orlistat Xenical buy online|where to purchase Orlistat oral cheap) buy xenical overnight delivery buy xenical online without rx xenical prescription online next day delivery (buy orlistat online us pharmacy|Orlistat online sale without prescription|canadian generic Orlistat no prescription|overnight shipping on generic Orlistat|Orlistat purchase overnight delivery|where can i get Orlistat without a prescription) buy xenical amex online buy orlistat without a prescription online buy orlistat without a prescription in the united states xenical online prescriptions with no membership buy orlistat no visa online without prescription orlistat generic order orlistat without rx from us pharmacy purchace orlistat online orlistat price overnight no prescription xenical buy xenical online overnight buy discount orlistat line orlistat online no rx overnight buy orlistat without prescription australia orlistat capsule orlistat without prescriptions purchasing xenical online without prescription orlistat with no rx purchase xenical pay pal online without prescription orlistat online consultant order generic xenical online no prescription buy orlistat no prescriptions buying xenical without a prescription where can i buy orlistat i need to order xenical without a prescription buy orlistat oral no prescription orlistat with fedex buy orlistat in england generic orlistat no prescription (buy orlistat canada|generic Orlistat no prescription|Orlistat oral tablet no prescription discount|non prescription Orlistat|ordering Orlistat online without a precription|Orlistat online without a prescription) ordering Orlistat online without a precription orlistat cheap on online orlistat available at health department buy no prescription xenical orlistat cost buy orlistat without prescription australia where to buy xenical no prescription no fees generic orlistat prices xenical on line no script orlistat suppliers buy cheap orlistat under without rx xenical on line no script buy orlistat without prescription australia real orlistat without prescription buy maxalt online pills buy Maxalt epharmacist buy maxalt without a perscription revia with free dr consultation no prescription needed feldene revia 50mg buy keflex epharmacist generic lamictal buy 100 mg generic tenormin usa principen with no prescriptions purchase asacol online no membership overnight shipping vantin with out a prescription i need to order lamictal without a prescription buy vantin online cheap benicar with no presciption atarax side effects buy vantin online 200 mg no prescription cycrin orderd online without prescription buy arcoxia doctor prescription how to order Arimidex online without a prescription Arimidex no rx in us buy Arimidex cheap getting Arimidex without doctor buy Arimidex next day delivery Arimidex 1 mg without prescription buy cheap Arimidex where to buy Revia by cod Keflex 7500 mg Atarax free consultation fedex overnight delivery c.o.d Atarax cheap Keflex without a prescription uk Keflex cheap Tenormin sale to buy cytotec prednisolone uk Premarin prescription online requip canada pharmacy Premarin online india buy cheap requip Premarin online order generic name for Premarin requip 1mg tablets 1 mg requip requip order buy requip online cheap requip 1mg dosage buy requip online without prescription buy requip australia what is the generic for requip online Maxalt purchase maxalt free consultation buy maxalt no prescription Maxalt online purchase buy Maxalt on line canada maxalt generic Maxalt uk buy Maxalt online no rx best buy Maxalt Maxalt side effects purchase vantin visa purchasing vantin without a script purchase casodex without prescription pay cod purchase vantin visa buy zovirax with a mastercard where to purchase generic revia online without a prescription buy cheap generic arcoxia asacol online sale without prescription generic arcoxia without prescription cheapest place to buy revia buy revia no visa without rx problems with buying revia without rx revia online next day shipping buy revia without a perscription non prescription cheap revia uk order revia buy revia no visa without rx non presciption revia order no online rx revia principen no prescription required online Maxalt Maxalt overnight buy Maxalt legally Maxalt without rx order Maxalt no rx prezzo Maxalt prescription Maxalt buy Maxalt australia order no prescription Maxalt buy cod Maxalt no prescription Maxalt purchase Maxalt overnight order Maxalt no rx cheap Maxalt usa where can i buy herbal Maxalt purchase Maxalt buy cheap Maxalt line how to buy Maxalt without a prescription online Maxalt order purchase Maxalt online without rx buy cheap generic maxalt online Maxalt from india is it safe Maxalt without doctor prescription where buy Maxalt cheap Maxalt usa buy Maxalt cheap without prescription purchase Maxalt on line no rx online prescription Maxalt Maxalt cheap mexican Maxalt precio Maxalt apotheke buy Maxalt with mastercard buy low cost Maxalt buy maxalt online pills buy Maxalt best place to buy arcoxia online? buy revia online uk zovirax without dr atarax prescription cost lamictal online buy saturday delivery buy cheap benicar online buy benicar pill cleocin apotheke buy asacol fed ex lamictal order overnight shipping buy cleocin without a prescription in the united states can i get vantin without rx buy vantin overnight delivery cheap cleocin no prescription no prescription arcoxia on line pharmacy keflex no physician approval vantin with no rx buy vantin online without a script how to buy casodex on line lamictal purchase online buy vantin online without dr approval Arimidex to buy in canada buy Arimidex where can i get Arimidex buy generic Arimidex canada Arimidex online order where can i buy Arimidex over the counter purchase tenormin online order cycrin without prescription tenormin overnight buy atarax without a prescription buy casodex without a prescription to ship overnight purchase Premarin online order Premarin online is Premarin a prescription drug order Premarin requip price australia