Monica and Daniela Tibaldi are two young sisters who took the plunge in 2014 to produce wines from their family vineyards. It was Monica who got into wine first, studying oenology in Alba, working for a year for big producer, Fontanafredda, and completing her masters in Madrid.
She persuaded Daniela – an accountant by training – into the new venture via a vintage in Marlborough, New Zealand and a sommelier course. In fact, they are the fourth generation of the family to grow grapes, their father, Stefano, and grandfather, Tunin, still helping out in the vines. Located at Pocapaglia, 25 minutes west of Alba, they are in the heart of the Roero region which they feel, with better promotion, should be on a par with Barolo and Barbaresco. Pocapaglia means ‘little straw’ so, with its distinctly sandy soils, it’s probably better wine than wheat country! They specialise in grapes typical of the Roero region, championing the traditional local grape, Favorita; “It’s Riesling-like” says Daniela. They have close to 7 ha in total, located in three distinct zones. Firstly Mormore, with its sea shells and fossils, is great for Favorita. Secondly Bricco delle Passere lends itself to Arneis. Thirdly at Santa Vittoria d’Alba, the Coste Anforiano vineyard above the Tanaro River, has more clayey soil and is therefore ideal for reds, Nebbiolo and Barbera. The vines are cultivated organically and certification is awaited. “We love the fruit, me and Monica,” says Daniela “so we don’t use any wood except on a small cuvée of Roero Nebbiolo.” Their wines are fresh and delicious indeed.
Roero Arneis, Tibaldi 2018Arneis 13.0% Vol
Italy > Piedmont & NW ItalyAromatic and floral nose, followed by soft and silky fruit on the palate.Juicy and round with sappy...£14.50 per bottle
Langhe Favorita, Tibaldi 2018Favorita 13.0% Vol
Italy > Piedmont & NW ItalyAromatic wine with pineapple hints, fresh and positive with good depth. Favorita is a clone of...£14.50 per bottle
Barbera d'Alba, Tibaldi 2018Barbera 14.5% Vol
Italy > Piedmont & NW ItalyA minty and herby nose leads to a soft and silky palate with lifted red fruits, full and easy....£16.50 per bottle
Nebbiolo Langhe, Tibaldi 2018Nebbiolo 13.5% Vol
Italy > Piedmont & NW ItalyFull of warm fruit, full and juicy with herb and liquorice flavours. Excellent purity of fruit...£17.50 per bottle
Roero, Tibaldi 2017Nebbiolo 14.5% Vol
Italy > Piedmont & NW ItalyPlenty of bright fruit on the palate, cherries and red fruits, well balanced tannins and a crisp,...£21.00 per bottle