Soc. Coop Agricola Valli Unite is a small self –sufficient community of 15 families who farm a 100 hectare estate of mixed crops in the Colli Tortonesi in south-eastern Piedmont. Vineyards account for 20 ha and have been farmed organically and biodynamically over the last few decades.
Tasting the wines for the first time, our biggest challenge was narrowing down a selection- all the wines were excellent: they showed freshness and balance, and were endowed with lip smacking fruit and in the case of the more expensive wines, a real complexity.
Moreover, there was a palpable sense that none of these wines are necessarily ‘made’ for export markets and each tasted delightfully of the kind of thirst-quenching, food-friendly zest that transports you instantly to a harvest table in Piedmont.
‘Ottavio Rubé Rosso’ is a delicious, smile-inducing Barbera and Dolcetto blend. It is named for Ottavio Rubé himself, one of the coop’s founders, whose twinkly-eyed, white-bearded countenance belies a deeply philosophical and idealistic character. Bright fresh fruit nose, red cherry, light-to-medium bodied. Nice grip and savoury flavours on a palate structured by acidity. There was no question about this one’s place on the list-quite simply, a brilliant price/quality ratio.