Piedmont Barbera

Cesare Bussolo

Santa Lucia Barbera d'Alba 2017

Lyle Fass
9.4

Sick nose. Red berry fruit. Loads of it. Sense of deepness and richness. Some spice and saline notes as well. Palate is juicy, complex and has terrific freshness and so much minerality. Wow what’s this? A mineral driven Barbera? Yes it is. Great cut and juiciness with some good berry fruit but this has st Joseph like fresh minerals that are just delightful. Terrific depth and structure. Even seems a bit young, as does most very serious Barbera which this is. Long persistent finish of black and red berry fruit and beautiful minerals and substantial tannins. Really really long. after air the nose really gets going. Super complex gamey, earthy and mineral notes. Man it’s like if old school Cornas (mineral style like cuchet/Fauterie) mated with very serious Barbera. As this airs more fruit comes out but it never sheds its mineral core. This is terrific. Great power and depth. This will age for at least 10-13 years. Will be back more as it airs. — 9 days ago

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John Howard

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Sounds great.
Lyle Fass

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@John Howard nothing like very serious Barbera

Oddero

Nizza Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2016

Weirdly, this bottle was way more oaky than the one we had last month. Good thing we have a third bottle in waiting. — 7 days ago

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Michael Meyer

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That surprises me with a Nizza in a great vintage. Shouldn’t need to rely on oak for...anything.
Chris MacLean

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@Michael Meyer yeah, especially after having a great bottle of this ‘16 just weeks ago

Boffa Carlo

Buschet Barbera d'Alba Barbera 2017

Lyle Fass
9.2

Great nose. Tightly focused berry fruit. Some florals. Spice. Palate is dense, concentrated and pure with wonderful elegance. Amazingly fresh and such terrific palate presence and texture. Grippy tannins and very sappy. Excellent acids. Like this a lot. Terrific sweetness. Awesome. — 6 days ago

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Cascina Sot

Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018

Lyle Fass
9.0

Super floral and very pretty nose. Lilacs and violets. Some berry fruit. Very refined and aromatic. Palate is concentrated, sappy and pure. Deep berry fruit. High acidity but never jarring. Balanced, pure and deep. Confectionary sweetness on the finish. — 14 days ago

Rob, Aravind and 6 others liked this

Pico Maccario

Lavignone Barbera d'Asti 2018

Good wine, especially on day 2, but 3 bicchieri is probably one too many — 3 days ago

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Vietti

Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba 2015

Bright blue fruits present and so drinkable love this grape — 8 days ago

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Angelo Casagrande

Angelo Casagrande

Really like vietti. Quality

Mauro Gaudio

Il Bergantino Barbera d'Asti

Vintage 2016 | wagonloads of nice fruit: black cherries, blackberries, dark forrest fruit, plums. Hint of spices. Incredibly beautiful integrated barrel aging. Laurel. Fine wine indeed. — 5 days ago

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Giovanni Viberti

La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2018

Had with grilled pizza. Terrific. This is a nice barbera- fruity-blackberry and a little tartness, nice acids. Pretty fun drinking. — 3 days ago

Dawn, Chris and 6 others liked this

Azienda Agricola Abbona Marziano

Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba 2018

Significantly richer than the Casaret Barbera by Abbona. But also very redrinkable. — 3 days ago

Josh, Chris and 18 others liked this

San Fereolo

Austri Langhe Barbera 2011

Palmer Emmitt
9.1

Bursts from the glass with pomegranate, cherry cough drop and shoe polish. These notes carry onto the expansive palate which is structured with melty tannins and bracing acidity. Despite the mature character of the flavors, the medium-long finish is fresh and zippy. Barbera done well is so much fun! — 16 days ago

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