Philine Isabelle Barbera d'Alba 2021

Philine Isabelle Barbera d'Alba 2021

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Growing up in Germany, Philine Isabelle Dienger inherited her father’s passion for wine by tasting widely from his extensive cellar. She spent her twenties at leading biodynamic estates – including Odinstal, Pranzegg and Heinrich – and working with specialist vineyard consultants Simonit&Sirch.

In 2019, Philine relocated to Piedmont to start her own micro-project, initially sourcing fruit from top growers and vinifying her wines in the cellars at Rinaldi. She has since moved into her own winery and now farms a 1ha parcel of Barolo’s celebrated ‘Preda’ vineyard, split equally with her pal Tom Myers of Cantina d’Arcy.

Citing Japanese craftsmanship as an influence – specifically the idea that masterworks are made up of countless tiny, seemingly inconsequential decisions – she uses biodynamics and progressive farming techniques such as tressage, the highly skilled practice of braiding rather than cutting the vine canopy, to aid ripening and protect the plants from stress that might otherwise manifest as harsh tannins.

The first time we tasted her wines in 2022, we were utterly transfixed by their harmony and sensuality: Philine Isabel is undoubtedly one of Piedmont's most exciting new additions. 

Grown in Monforte. Matured half in steel and half in barrel. Fragrant red berries contrast some typical Piedmontese savouriness and vibrant acidity. Charming and serious in equal measure.

Wine Details

Type Red
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Producer Philine Isabelle
Vintage 2021
Grape Varieties Barbera
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 75.0cl