Deep dark red. Rich plums, earthy, slightly meaty, blood and iron filings, some graphite. Lovely high toned floral scents, violet mainly. Plums, prunes, red cherry, deep fruit flavours. Some dark edges of graphite and tar. A very nice rich profile. Crisp acid and fine tannins, slightly tart on the finish. Enjoyable, robust drink.
Overly acidic today, with restrained fruit and tannins with a bite. Impression is of little hollow, slightly short. But there is intensity and concentration. Should definitely improve over some 10 years or so. Too pricey for what it is. (at least in Japan.) Wife: 86p At La Verdura (Yokohama)
This wine has drunk really well over the last few years and continues to improve. Mauve/purple colour, translucent. Warm, red fruits on the nose. Medium bodied, shows the warm year in being quite ripe but just has enough acidity to keep it fresh. I tend to the warmer years for Barbera I think. Very nice drinking.
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