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Meaning "middle son," "Moliss" is a Piedmontese word, not Italian. This is one of two single vineyard Barberas produced by Agostino Pavia and his sons Giuseppe ("Pino") and Mauro, of which total production is less than five thousand cases. Made from old vines and aged in large Slavonian oak ovals, which impart subtle oak aromas and can add texture when new, "Moliss" is stylistically similar to a traditional Asti but cleaner and much more concentrated. Importer Oliver McCrum writes: "Barbera d'Asti used to have a reputation for having acidity like that of... Read More »
Owner/Winemaker of Cascina La Ghersa, Max Pastura, passionately directs the winery his family has run since 1928. The Piagè, or 'toll' in the Piemontese dialect, represents a killer value in 100 percent Barbera. Fruity, bright, and exuberant on the nose, with aromas of dark red fruits and underbrush, the palate is full of cherries and plums with a persistent and always fresh mouthfeel.
Inventory: San Francisco
Antonio Galloni: "Forward and expressive, the 2012 Barbera d'Alba is loaded with sweet red berries, mint, cloves, lavender and spices. Drink this supple, juicy Barbera over the next year or two, while the fruit remains vibrant." (5/2015) James Suckling: "A red with sliced-lemon and berry character, a medium body and a fresh, clean finish. Very lemony. Drink now." (3/2015)
From importer Olivier McCrum: "'Blina' is the name of the vineyard. This wine is a direct, straightforward rendition of the Barbera grape. Fresh acidity and berry flavors are the hallmarks of Barbera, but low yields and old vines give this wine very good depth and concentration, too. Fermentation and aging are completed in stainless steel, and the wine is bottled before the following harvest. (There are two things I like about wines that aren't aged in oak; one of them is that they taste of fruit, rather than oak, and the other is that they are better va... Read More »
This Barbera comes from the biodynamically farmed Serra Gatti Vineyard, which is perched at 820 feet above sea level in the Priocca zone of the Alba DOC. Typical vintages of this bright and intense red are flavorful, fresh and forward, and it's naturally quite food-friendly. Try it with braciole or sauteed chicken livers smeared on crostini.
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Once again, Palmina's 2012 Barbera is absolutely delicious as well as one of the most distinctive wines in the range. Pungent red berries, orange peel, spice and mint open up in a super-classic, old-school Barbera endowed with tons of complexity and nuance, with a distinct nod to the great old-school Piedmont Barberas. The 2012 spent six months in neutral barrels then two years in cask. From top to bottom, this is a compelling set of new releases from Steve and Chrystal Clifton at Palmina. In addition to the current releases, the Cliftons poured two 2005 ...Read More »
Owner/Winemaker of Cascina La Ghersa, Max Pastura, passionately directs the winery his family has run since 1928. The Piagè, or 'toll' in the Piemontese dialect, represents a killer value in 100 percent Barbera rosé. It sports a luminously clear ruby hue, with aromas of rose petals and raspberries. It's light on its feet thanks to fresh acidity, and finishes on an elegant note of ripe, supple fruit.
Inventory: San Francisco
De La Terre is a fascinating project from prolific winemaker Tony Pritchard. The wines are very much a labor of love and I am delighted to be working with De La Terre in this direct import relationship. After a career at some of NZ's top commercial wineries and as a consultant winemaker, Tony has gone back to his roots and set up his own boutique operation making crafting tiny amounts of these delicious wines. The fruit for the wines is largely from a patchwork of unique vineyard blocks on the slopes of Te Mata Peak in Hawke's Bay. The soils here are ver... Read More »
90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "The first thing that comes to mind when I taste the 2011 Barbera is Giacomo Conterno's Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia. I am not kidding, either. There is a soulfulness and depth here that is striking. Rich, powerful and intense, today the 2011 is not fully expressive (especially in the bouquet), but its beauty is hard to miss. The 2011 was aged in a large 70HL cask. I can't wait to taste it from bottle." (7/2013)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Expressive dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of peppery spices and candied flowers. Sweet boysenberry and cherry compote ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Pretty focus to this excellent 2011 Barbera with sliced peaches and blueberries on the nose and palate. Full and fresh." (12/2013)
An extremely limited production wine, this 2000 Barbera is rich and expressive with rustic characteristics underscored by good acidity with hints of chocolate and orange blossom. Enjoy with a hearty Italian dish or any rich gamey meats.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
2007 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba
Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2007 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba (94RP, 92ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Barbera d’Alba Cascina Francia flows onto the palate with waves of dark red fruit, sweet roses, licorice, flowers, menthol and tar, showing a remarkable combination of ripeness, clarity and detail. Medium in body, the wine offers tons of length and a refined, polished finish. Stylistically, the 2007 recalls the finesse and perfume of the 2004, with perhaps a touch more intensity and depth. Simply, put, this is as majestic a Barbera as readers are likely to find. Hard as it may seem to believe, this wine continues to get better with each passing vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017. My recent visit to Giacomo Conterno was fascinating, as I had an opportunity to spend several hours tasting through all of the wines in barrel with proprietor Roberto Conterno. The question of succession is always an issue in small, family-run wineries, but this is one
This lot contains the following items:
2007 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba (qty: 6)
End Date: Oct 16 2015 7:30PM PT
2008 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba
Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2008 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba (92RP, 91JS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Barbera d’Alba Cascina Francia is a classic Conterno Barbera. Layers of dark, brooding fruit come forth gradually, along with exotic scents of new leather, licorice, tar and soy that add complexity. This is a decidedly reserved, mineral-driven Barbera that will appeal most to readers who appreciate the focused side of Barbera as opposed to more opulent vintages such as 2007 where the fruit is decidedly forward. The Cascina Francia shows greater richness and density than the Ceretta, suggesting the direction that wine is likely to take in coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2023. " (12/2010)
This lot contains the following items:
2008 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba (qty: 6)
End Date: Oct 17 2015 2:30PM PT