2010 Barbera D`Alba Bricco dei Merli
This spends about a year in large Slavonian barrels (not new) and is full of rounded yet structured fruit. The pre-phylloxera version shares the same grape but there the similarities stop and it’s quite a different animal. The vines are planted high up (520 metres above sea level) in Berri, near La Morra on sandy chalky soil where there is excellent exposure. Yields are low and the wine is very concentrated but the acid is concentrated too and there is great freshness and precision running through the wine. Very limited but a genuinely exciting wines.
`The estate`s 2010 Barbera d`Alba Bricco dei Merli is cool and intense in its minerality. Layers of floral-infused red fruit flow across the palate in this delineated, energetic wine. The 2010 is built more on structure than overt fruit, and it is striking` 89/100 - Antonio Galloni, Vinous