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2013 Rivella Barbera d'Alba $24.99
Terre da Vino's La Lune e I Falò Barbera d'Asti comes from a variety of vineyards with varying soils and microclimates located between the towns of Nizza Monferrato and Agliano Terme. Aged in one-third new oak barrels for a year, this is an intense, purple-fruited Barbera with anise and vanilla spice that carries from the bouquet to the palate. Soft on the palate, with lots of fruit and integrated spice, finishing long.
91 points James Suckling: "Lots of dried berry, apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, outstanding acid tension and a long and flavorful finish." (10/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barbera d'Alba Bricco dei Merli is a dark and generous wine that is loaded tight with bright fruit flavors. The Cogno family describes it as having the exuberance of the 2011 vintage and the elegance of 2012. It's true that 2013 marches to the beat of its own drum with pretty fruit contours surrounded by a fringe of spice and light leather. It ages in large oak casks for 12 months and rests on the lees ...Read More »
Guido Rivella had a multi-decade career as the winemaker for Angelo Gaja. Now retired, he and his daughter have a tiny estate in Barbaresco. This Barbera comes from a vineyard next to the Barbaresco vineyard "Cole." It is an eastern-facing, 1.4 acre piece. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 12-14 days and then aged in used barrique for six months. Barbera has naturally high acid, but this wine shows exceptional balance and is supple and layered, with complex earthy aromatics.
Barale's 1.2 acre, southwest-facing Preda vineyard is in the commune of Barolo and was planted in 1994. The grapes are harvested in the last half of October giving it a bit more richness but not overripeness. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in 50hl wooden barrels for 8 days and then aged for one year in 500 liter Tonneaux. The wine shows a supple richness on the palate and is best adapted for grilled meats or heavier pasta.
Ca' del Baio is the labor of love of four generations of family producers. The Grasso family manages the 22 hectare vineyard and winery based in Treiso. They follow a hands-on winemaking philosophy founded in the belief that great wine is made in the vineyards; these hand-tended Barbera vines were planted in 1995. The Grassos have been able to successfully integrate new technology into their traditional methods to produce wines today that showcase the unique terroir characteristics of the Langhe. This Barbera bottling undergoes a controlled fermentation ... Read More »
The Bava family's oldest vineyard sits atop the south-facing, all limestone "Crena" vineyard near the village of Agliano, thought to be the premier site for Barbera in Asti. The wine is fermented on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 10 days and then spends 18 months in 1,500-liter oak barrels. The results are a vibrant wine and structured wine, but with a supple palate presence. The Pianoalto is an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats or aged cheeses.
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. It is 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 ... Read More »
Vinous: "A fresh, attractive Barbera d'Alba, the 2013 Serra de' Gatti offers lovely pliancy and pure appeal in its perfumed, plummy fruit, all in a supple style well suited to drinking over the next few years. (AG)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: 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.
Silvano Bolmida's Barbera comes from 4 vineyards that are from 9 to 50 years old. This is a small production of just over 400 cases. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 14-21 days and then transferred to barrique and tonneaux and remains there for one year. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the wine retains its freshness and vibrant flavors.
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Pozzo dell’Annunziata explodes from the glass with layers of vibrant black cherries, plums, violets, smoke, minerals and sweet toasted oak. It is a restrained, cool Barbera Pozzo, yet it offers outstanding purity of expression, with silky, finessed tannins that caress the palate in an extraordinary display of elegance that transcends varietal. Voerzio also opened a bottle of the 2003, which he prefers, for comparison. It may be the more pleasurable wine today, but the 2004 is a notch or two above when it comes to potential ...Read More »
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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.
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91 points James Suckling: "A full-bodied red with lots of dried-fruit, spice and berry character. Shows some tannins that give it tension and energy. Drink now." (10/2015)
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ground pepper, tilled earth and black-skinned berry aromas all come together on this generous, full-bodied red. The fresh, delicious palate doles out ripe black cherry, black currant, licorice and clove alongside vibrant acidity and polished, fine-grained tannins." (11/2015) 91 points James Suckling: "I like the mineral, dark berry and lime aromas and flavors here. Real Barbera. Medium body, fresh acidity and a clean finish. Drink now." (10/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet blackberry and plum fruit gets a lift from vanilla and other spices in this polished red. Fresh and long, echoing the fruit and spice ...Read More »
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92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and lemon peel. Full body, tangy fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Tart and exciting." (10/2015)