Barbera is often thought as the second grape of premium Piedmont. However, its finest wines can age for years. This is a fabulous, dark, cherry and plum-scented red from a legendary vintage and a third-generation estate. Immense power and length.
Beyond the Label
Silky, yet grippy tannins. Bright fruit, freshness and spice
Smoky wood, dark cherry, plum, bilberries and flowers
Piedmont is Italy’s gastronomic heartland, quite an achievement in a country where the cuisine is such an integral part of the national identity. Home to the slow food movement, it’s a misty, mountainous region that supplies the country’s restaurants with truffles, and fills the finest wine lists with gems like this. Giovanni Abrigo, is grandson of the founder and son of Orlando. He qualified as an oenologist and is now in full charge of the family estate. It includes vineyards in the top cru of Montersino. Pure estate-grown Barbera, the wine is aged in 500-litre French oak casks – 40% of those new – for over a year’s ageing. This allows the wine to breathe and gain layers of spice and complexity. Open early and decant or, ideally, cellar.
"A delicious, juicy red with blue fruit, spice and hints of flowers. Delicious now"
James Suckling 91 Points