The Monferrato region of Piedmont dedicates its most prestigious vineyard areas to the Barbera grape, unlike other areas in Piedmont which are reserved for Nebbiolo. Experts have traced the origin of Barbera to Monferrato in fact! Typically planted on southern exposed slopes, these vineyards yield wines of great depth and balance. Weston Hoard and his British Labrador, Ercole, spent years working together in the vineyards and cellars of Piedmont. Fate would have it that they would one day be separated. This wine is a tribute to Weston's dependable four-legged companion in Italy and its production was born out of Weston's desire to bring everyday value wines from Piedmont to America. Uniquely packaged in one-liter bottles, this is a crowd-pleaser with blackberry notes, a touch of earth and refreshing acidity.