Cordero Hica Barbera d'Alba 2018

Traditional Price €41
WineSpark Price €25.20
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This a tiny production wine, Serena's pet project, never sold outside of Italy before. Which makes it extra special to drink it.

Serena learnt how to make wine with her dad, a highly experienced and respected consultant winemaker, and this wine in turn is like a daughter to her. 

Barbera is often overlooked compared to its more illustrious neighbours like Barolo - but don’t let that fool you - this is a stunning wine.

It’s a Barbera Superiore - a classification only given to the top 20% of grapes in the region. It’s from a vineyard called Bricco Gatti, which is well known in the area for producing the best Barbera because of its unique site and soils.

This is a deep, rich red with serious personality. ‘A bit impolite like me’ says Serena. At the same time it’s soft, elegant and very drinkable. 

If you love your Italian reds, this is absolutely guaranteed to be right up your street.

And on the name Hica… it’s a play on Hija, which means 'daughter' in Spanish. Why is Hica spelt that way? ‘It's a Serena thing’ she says. 

If you know Serena, you'd get it. Which you do now.

Wine type Red
Grape(s) Barbera
Country Italy
Region of origin Piedmont
Appellation Barbera Superiore d'Alba DOC
Vintage 2018
Alcohol % 15.5
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 8
Type of Oak French oak
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 10 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 300 m
Soil type(s) Clay and blue marl
Closure Type Natural cork
Is this wine organic? Yes, but not certified
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 15 years
Ideal drinking window 2021-2025

Serena and Gabriele Cordero are a brother and sister duo from Alba in northern Italy.

I've known Serena and her dad Gianfranco for years at Naked Wines, so I knew exactly who to ask when I was looking for some special Barolo and Barbera for WineSpark.

Read more about Serena & Gabriele.

Tajarin (Piedmont's handmade pasta, with eggs), with Alba's white truffle, and butter instead of olive oil. Yum yum yum.

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Customer Reviews

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Niall Barry (Greystones)
Loved it!!

Very impressive. Fruity and floral with nice length. Had some after the 2019 Stepp Pinot. No comparison! So much more personality. About to order another 6 bottles!!

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Liam Kelleher (Dublin)
Outstanding wine. The best Barbera I have ever had.

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John (Dublin)
Very Good

A classy red that is well worth the price. Would recommend it.

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MJ (Limerick)
A cracker

Loved this-full bodied but not too heavy.

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