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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 »
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)
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 »
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 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another consumer-friendly red that is ideal for bistros and pizzerias is the 2012 Barbera Estate. One of the finest California Barberas I have tasted, it reveals lots of black raspberry and blackberry fruit, tangy acidity, surprising body and depth, and a heady, succulent finish. Aged in a combination of foudre and French oak for 12 months, this serious red should drink well for 3-4 years. (RP)" (12/2014) K&L Notes: Among the pioneers in bringing Rhone-style wines to Dry Creek Valley, Unti Vineyards now also grows Italian-inspired wines from Segromigno and Barbera. T... Read More »
Since Enzo Boglietti assumed control at his family domain, he has pushed quality to near Barolo’s summit. Despite spectacular vineyard holdings, the family had sold the entire production in bulk prior to 1991. Perhaps inspired by local leaders, Elio Altare and Roberto Voerzio, young Enzo set out to maximize the potential of his vineyards. Boglietti brings to his Barbera the same voluptuous house style as his Baroli.
Inventory: Redwood City
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." (6/2013) K&L Notes: 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. Th... 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)
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 »