Wine Advocate 90 points - The estate’s 2011 Barbera d’Alba is a joyous wine bursting with fruit. Juicy dark berries, raspberry jam, mocha and sweet spices are some of the notes that jump from the glass in this decidedly flashy Barbera. The ripe, exuberant personality of the year comes through in the wine’s voluptuous personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. ” (Oct 2012)
This Barbera d’Alba deftly balances a rich, extroverted expression of fruit with an attractive vein of fresh, floral perfumes that add lightness and freshness on the round finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014.
Background - Barbera is generally esteemed for its deep color, low tannins and high levels of acidity, which is unusual for a red grape growing in a warm climate. When young it offers fresh flavors of cherries, blueberries and raspberries. Unlike Barbera d'Alba's counterpart, Barbera d’Asti DOCG, which is generally considered more feminine in nature (and produced in the classic, lively style associated with Barbera), this red is characteristically richer, bolder and fuller in flavor. It is usually made more in line with a Barolo or Barbaresco, coming out powerful and rounded.