This is an austere and masculine wine with tight tannins and bold aromatic intensity. There’s a touch of ripe fruit, even a jam note, that gives the wine a soft, succulent mouthfeel. The concentration and the quality of tannins is impressive, so give this ample time to age.
Rich and open from the start all the way through to the end. Abundantly ripe, with deep cherry fruit that sings. Really solid, with the smoothest finish you could ask for. A good one for the next several years.
Here’s a softer, modern interpretation of Barbera d’Asti Superiore with velvety oak tones that surround a bright core of berry fruit. This wine is thicker and more extracted than most with slight hints of smoke and tobacco at the back.
Deep dark chocolate aromas with an appealing orange scent. Medium-bodied, with a precise if slightly sharp cherry flavor. The finish is medium in length, with tartness balancing things off. Everything here is good: the mouth, finish and price. Best Buy.
Smells a bit like Grandma’s sun-warmed attic, with dry, dusty scents tinged with leather. Sweet, dried fruit flavors softly fill the mouth, accented by enough spice to keep things lively. Ruggedly tannic on the finish, but there should be enough fruit in the end. Drink 2010–2020.