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Paitin Barbera d’Alba 'Serra' 2013

Paitin Barbera d’Alba 'Serra' 2013

Wine: Paitin 'Serra'
Vintage: 2013
Country: Italy
Region: Alba, Piedmont
Grapes: Barbera
Vines: Sustainable
Production: Medium
Price:  $19

I've been drinking the Paitin barbera, dolcetto and Langhe nebbiolo for years. The 2011 barbera was a pick in the first ever Vine Club back in December 2014, and was a big hit with members. This past weekend I made a trip up to Florence, Ala. for the first ever Florence Wine Fest, which was an incredible success. Also, my mother and one of my sisters lives there. On Sunday night, Mom and I indulged in this deliciousness, which I'd bought from The Carriage earlier in the week. Visiting my mother's house is always a shift in aesthetics; my house is light with neutral colors and everything in its place, where hers is bright with colorful walls and full of stuff, including a dining room stacked with paintings. In the photo above, there's a glimpse of the Chrysler building in the background and a reflection of several small artworks in the wine glass. The red-walled dining room has a very lived-in vibe, warm and welcoming. 

The Paitin estate has been growing grapes since 1796, and the current family running the show picked up the reigns in 1965, with Secondo Pasquero-Elia at the helm, supported by his sons Giovanni and Silvano. The vines are grown on sloping hillsides that absorb the perfect angle of sunlight, and well-draining soils that help produce balanced fruit. The Paitin Barbera 'Serra' d'Alba 2013 comes from a plot within the Serraboella vineyard in the commune of Neive (hence 'Serra' on the label). It's a pretty garnet color with candied cherry aromas and hints of spice, followed by firm tannins with a velvety finish and good overall balance. It's an easy weeknight red that pairs well with tomato-based dishes like pizza and pasta, grilled vegetables or roast white meats.

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