2013 Cà Viola "Brichet" Barbera d'Alba

SKU #1271797 91 points James Suckling

 A tangy, delicious red with a soft texture and plenty of ripe fruit such as blueberries and blackberries. Hints of citric acidity. Full and savory.  (10/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fragrant and fresh, this offers scents of blue flowers, wild berry, moist earth, chopped herbs and a hint of baking spice. The vibrant, supple palate doles out juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and star anise alongside fresh acidity. (KO)  (11/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lush and juicy, boasting blackberry, black currant and sweet spice flavors. Shows tannins from oak, and remains long and defined on the aftertaste. (BS)  (11/2015)


 The 2013 Barbera d'Alba Brichet is the archetype of modern Barbera and a great value to boot. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, wild flowers and spices are some of the notes that emerge from this bold, punchy Barbera. Silky, polished tannins round out soft contours on the expressive, textured finish. (AG)  (12/2015)

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By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2016 | Send Email
This intriguing Barbera starts with a nose full of dry spices such as cinnamon and cardamom layered with ripe red fruits. It is delicate on the palate with prominent acid, smooth round tannins, slight spice and red fruit. I find light notes of mint and fresh herbs on the long dry finish. An enjoyable and price-friendly red!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
This is a very well made Barbera! Violet, lavender and plum aromas lift from the glass, and on the palate the fruit is remarkably fresh tasting, neither overripe or wanting for depth. I detect a small hint of cola that enriches the flavor profile and its medium-bodied tannins make it the perfect partner to a hearty Italian meal!​

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
This vintage of the 2013 Ca’Viola Barbera d’Alba Brichet is classic Barbera, the nose is full of spice, leather and brambly fruit, while on the palate the wine has a crunchy cranberry like flavor, an archetypal acidic structure that leads to lots of earth, spice and a bit of grip in the finish. This is an ideal wine for rich pasta dishes or even roasted chicken!
Drink from 2016 to 2019

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- Thanks goodness for Italy's wine revolution! If not for the intrepid producers who reduced yields and focused their energy on improving quality in Italian wine production, we may have never known how delicious Barbera could be. Native to Italy, Piedmont's Monferrato is most often cited as its birthplace (though others argue that Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy is its rightful home) with records of vineyard plantings dating back as far as 1246. Best known and most planted in its dark-skinned iteration (there is a white version of the grape called Barbera Bianca), the world's top Barberas come from Piedmont's Alba, Asti and Monferrato DOCs and styles can vary significantly depending on climate and soil. But you can always count on Barbera for its distinct ruby red color, vibrant acidity and mild tannins. Juicy red fruit and hints of smokiness are also common characteristics. Grown elsewhere in Italy, Barbera is used in varietal wines and as a blending grape to varying degrees of success. Outside of Italy it has also been planted extensively in North and South America, but most successfully in California, where it was planted by Italian immigrants and long, warm growing seasons give this late-harvest varietal the chance to develop complex flavors to compete with its racy acidity.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.