“Four lions, one for strength, one for courage, one for honor, and one for loyalty.” All wines produced are of a DOC+ status and Gabiano itself covers one of the oldest and smallest DOC’s in all of Italy. The estate itself covers over 260 Hectares of which 20 Hectares are currently planted as vineyards. All of the Quattro Leoni wines are hand-picked, estate-grown wines from the Gabiano vineyards.
2008 Quattro Leoni Barbera D’Asti - (Castello Di Gabiano - Piedmont DOC, Italy)
Available Vintages: 2008
Gold Medal (92 Pts) – Florida International Wine Challenge 2010 (2008 Vintage)
Gold Medal – 2010 WSWA Wine Competition (2008 Vintage)
Silver Medal – Indy International Wine Competition 2011 (2008 Vintage)
Silver Medal – U.S. Professional Wine Buyer’s Competition 2010 (PV)
90 Points – Wine Review, Robert Whitley (PV)
90 Points – The Tasting Panel (PV)
BLEND/COLOR: 100% Barbera, Red, Magenta with a true Burgundy hue.
PALATE/BOUQUET: Rich dark cherry flavors, a touch of rhubarb, toffee notes, and a refined raspberry character. Lots of fruit here, but it has a very smooth, integrated finish. An underlying floral note of roses with coffee, and a touch of gaminess or leather. Pair with osso bucco, lasagna, and grilled pork chops.
REGION NOTES: Barbera D’Asti is an Italian red wine made from the Barbera grape variety. It is produced in the hilly areas of the provinces of Asti and Alexandria, Barbera D’Asti was accredited with DOC status in 1970. The Barbera grape is believed to have originated in the hills of Monferrato in central Piedmont, Italy and is known and recorded in history since the thirteenth century.