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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)
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.
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
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)
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