Ascheri

Bra, Piemonte

Piemonte

Matteo Asheri is a bear of a man with great energy, integrity and humour.  His family have built a remarkable business and home in this old courtyard near the railway station in Bra.  There is now a small, stylish hotel above the rebuilt winery, the vaulted buildings that flank the road have been beautifully restored and now house ‘Murivecchi’ an Osteria (restaurant) run by his sister and brother in law, I suspect the only parts that haven’t changed are the family’s own homes.

There is a distinct style to Matteo’s wines, they have a purity and rarely make unreasonable demands on your time (or wallet). 
The dolcetto is never forced, barbera touched and nebbiolo untouched by barrique, whites are fresh and experiments are reserved for experimental wines. 
Over the years that we have bought Matteo’s wine we have seen things just get better in a straightforward, understandable way.  It is easy to understand why his son is worried that there will be nothing left to achieve if he joins the business. 

It is perhaps worth going into a little more detail with regard to the nebbiolo wines. 
It ‘wasn’t cricket’ a few years ago to make Barolo that was ready to drink and some saw it as some sort of modern trickery, in truth it is down to vineyard management and the way that the wine is made. 

Matteo’s Barolo do not rely on barrique to soften and sweeten the fruit, they are reflections of the vineyards and vintage, the winemaker is there to assist rather than enforce any particular style.  
This is important, and when the Barolo wines changed from being a selection, to single vineyard wines from ‘Pisapola’ and ‘Sorano’, Matteo instantly had the silky, fine characteristics from Verduno and La Morra (Pisapola) and the energy and weight of Serralunga (Sorano).

These wines have now been joined by ‘Ascheri’, a newly recognised cru, conveniently sharing the family’s name and ‘Coste e Bricco’. 
The ‘Ascheri’ finds unusual depth and structure from the Pisapola vineyard, the ‘Coste e Bricco’ has a rare elegance from Sorano. 
Definitely twins, blonde and brunette.

 

 

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  1. Ascheri. Dolcetto 'Nirane' 2015

    Bright cherry and damson fruit, a picture of modern dolcetto: perfectly defined pure fruit, well judged, natural weight, a simple and joyous wine.


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  2. Ascheri. Langhe Arneis 'Christina' 2013

    A slight and delicate vintage with poised floral fruit, a touch of salted butter, herb and lime, very delicate and very lovely.


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  3. Ascheri. Gavi di Gavi 'Christina' 2015

    Apricot and lime, beautifully floral and fresh on the nose.  Beautifully fresh and unusually full flavours, with ripe herb, lime and wet stone, there is a spring like purity to the wine.


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  4. Ascheri. Pelaverga di Verduno 'do ut des' 2010

    Cherry, caramel, a dusting of sweet tannins, popcorn and strawberry to blueberry. A very different style to any Pelaverga that I have tasted.


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  5. Ascheri. Nebbiolo d'Alba 'San Giacomo' 2014

    A fresh vintage which was un-tampered with, the tannins were mature and allow violet and tar to emerge through berry and strawberry.  A lithe and handsome example of nebbiolo, ready to drink and It will develop over the next few years (to 2017).  


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  6. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2007

    Generous fruit, big, open and soft and were it not for a vein of Piemontese restraint this could be mistaken for a top new world syrah (and I mean that as a compliment) 


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  7. Ascheri. Montalupa Viognier 2013

    Matteo rates this as his best vintage yet, it has a lovely rich mouthfeel, citrus and exotically tropical fruit are held around a mineral core, it is an exceptional wine.


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  8. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2004

    Brambly spiced fruit and firm tannins.  Good concentration a very fine wine.


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  9. Ascheri. Barolo 'Pisapola' 2010

    A fine vintage with remarkably open and uncomplicated pure fruit.   Floral and fresh, forward (these are the characteristics of the vintage) with dried lavender and rosemary.  A beautiful Barolo that is eminently drinkable and will develop over many years. 


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  10. Ascheri. Barolo Ascheri 2010

    Violet, thyme and rose on the nose with ripe tannin, black tea with a dusting of dark chocolate and espresso.


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