2013 Elvio Cogno "Bricco Merli" Barbera d'Alba
Lots of dried berry, apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, outstanding acid tension and a long and flavorful finish.
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 for 60 days. (ML)
Aromas of mature dark-skinned fruit, scorched earth, exotic spice and a whiff of blue flower lead the way. The vibrant, savory palate doles out juicy black cherry, plum, ground pepper and anise set in a framework of racy acidity and softly polished tannins. (KO)
The 2013 Barbera d'Alba Bricco dei Merli hits the palate with a host of sweet dark cherries, smoke, leather, licorice, tobacco and savory herbs. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
Valter Fissore harvests fruit for Bricco dei Merli from 60- to 70-year-old vines. The wine shows concentrated flavors of plum and blackberry, with vibrant acidity that lifts the lush and spicy flavors, making this a versatile partner for poultry or pasta.
Bright blackberry, violet and black pepper flavors turn compact and firm on the back end. Finishes with a light earthiness. (BS)
A fascinating red wine. Spice, leather and scorched-earth aromas with fresh berry notes. The palate is loaded with black cherry, plum and roasted meat flavors. The acidity is there as are tannins which give energy and body. All contribute to making this a great food wine. Because of their relatively high acidity, most Italian red wines (this included) magically open up and soften when paired with food. Enjoy with grilled meats, flatbread pizza or pasta with red sauce.