The word Barbarossa is Italian for "red beard". According to legend in Emilia-Romagna, the grape was named after the red-bearded Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I ("Frederick Barbarossa") who spent time in the region during his many campaigns through Italy in the 12th century and is said to have sojourned for a long time in the Rocca (castle) in the village of Bertinoro where the Fattoria Paradiso estate is located.
The earliest mention of a Barbarossa grape was not until 1600 when the Italian writer Giovanvettorio Soderini described a Tuscan wine grape under that name. Some of the oldest Barbarossa vines in Italy are now found in the Emilia-Romagna region where Fattoria Paradiso owns a hundred-year-old vineyard which produces a varietal example of the grape that brings life to this excellent single-cru wine.
Dark ruby red. Mildly spicy with an intense nose of red fruit, black cherry, blackberries, cocoa, tobacco and subtle balsamic whiffs. Elegant, fresh and pleasant, with soft, round tannins.
Aged for 48 months, partly in French and American oak casks and partly in underground concrete tanks, followed by 12 months in bottle before release. Suitable to prolonged ageing.
Best served at around 18°C.
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