Gave several hours in the decanter. Deep plumb skin red in the glass. An intriguing nose of spices, vanilla, slight braised meat, lingering light tar, stones and heady licorice. On the palate, the flavors are both full of buoyant bright tart fruit, lush rich body and chocolate that feels very lively over elegant tannin. Goes down with a wonderful broad thick and warm mouth coating richness. Finishes nicely with deep black berries, curious dark spices and jammy depth over more singing tannin. PJG: 90/91
Tasted at a retailer tasting. My first barbera with some age on it. Nice shoe polish and brigh blu and balckberries. Sharo acidity and medium finish. This was very nice even though I had a bit of cold so I'll reserve the buying judgement for another time (around 89pts).
(Tasted blind - I thought this might be a Super Tuscan, to be honest) Dark purple in color with touches of violet, this is filled with sweet, nearly prune-y fruit aromas of currant, tar and fruit jam. Lots of alcohol, a really pleasing acidity and a persistence of fruit flavors make this a crowd pleaser, for sure - though I can't help but pick up some VA notes too.
This was surprisingly good -- held its own interest-wise against a 1995 M. Chapoutier Hermitage, so it must not have been too shabby. No formal notes, but I recall the usual Barbera acidity, along with much more substance than I expected from a Barbera, and the typical sharp cherry attack was followed by a mellower and rounder wine. Quite enjoyable and did not suffer by comparison (only by weight perhaps?) with the much more expensive wine that followed.
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