Popped and poured; enjoyed over the course of several hours. “Austri” from San Fereolo is a remarkable example of Barbera from an area in Piemonte most famous for wine made from the Dolcetto grape. The 2004 vintage pours a deep, garnet color moving towards a slightly orange rim with moderate staining of the tears. Medium+ viscosity with some light signs of sediment and light staining of the tears. The nose is nothing short of extraordinary. The wine is vinous with notes of black cherry, blackberry, spiced meat, mushrooms, saffron, dried green herbs, anise, conditioned leather, red and purple flowers, and crushed gravel. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium(-?) tannins and medium(+?) acid. Confirming the notes on the nose. The finish is forever long; tart and multi-layered. A wine of impeccable texture. Pure class and should be considered a benchmark. Drink now but well-stored bottles should have the legs to hang in there for at least another 3-5 years. — 21 days ago
Date night with Mel — a month ago
Gorgeous, polished, silky texture. Oaked (which gives it some mid palate weight) but not overly so. Cherry liqueur with some bay leaf on the finish. Finishes a tad hot and bitter. Barbera is just too light a variety. This is one of the better examples I’ve had and it still struggles to hold the higher alcohol levels (15% per the label—can that be right?) of Piemonte in these recent warm vintages.
— 16 days ago
Cellar find… deep red fruit.
Drinking well in 2023. — a month ago
久しぶりにバルベーラで大ヒット。 — 9 days ago