2009 Ugo Lequio Barbera d'Alba Superiore
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Barbera d'Alba Superiore (aged 18 months in large oak cask) shows just enough spice and tobacco to add that extra layer of intensity and richness that makes Barbera so delicious. Dark fruit, blackberry, tar and cassis spread evenly over the palate. Long barrel aging has helped to soften the variety's naturally high acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.
Success comes to those with a clear vision of what the future will bring, but even greater success comes to those who pour their heart and soul into being the very best they can be. This is the guiding philosophy of Ugo Lequio, a boutique producer who strives to strike a delicate balance between tradition and innovation and has made this his most important contibution to Piedmont's wine culture. Starting in the early 1980s, Ugo released his first bottles of wine following rigorous fruit selection from the six-hectare Cascina Nuova vineyard. This historic property is located on the sun-drenched Gallina Hill now belongs to the Marcarino family. Years later, thanks to experience and experimentation in both the vineyard and the winery, Ugo Lequio has emerged as one of the protagonist of the revolutionary shift that prizes quality wine over quantity. His believes that class and elegance are tangible in a great wine only if that wine is given sufficient time, in a stress-free atmosphere, to evolve. For this reason, Ugo insists on giving his wines a long and deserved rest before they are released. That is why we recently had his 2008 Barbaresco in the club and now his 2009 Barbera. It is produced with strictly selected Barbera grapes coming from vineyards of the GalIina nearby the village of Neive, a very special area famous for the richness and complexity of its wines. This 2009 has an intense ruby colour with hints of pomegranate. It continues with a hint of strawberries,