In Piedmont Barbera normally plays second fiddle to the more favoured Nebbiolo, but with superb wines like this for the life of me I can't see why. Bursting with tarry blackberry fruit in a fresh juicy package with some balancing tannins this wine is absolutely crying out for some tasty lamb shanks.
The Dolcetto’s from 2012 are characterised by tremendous colour
and aromatics, and lower alcohols than in recent years.
The Barberas were harvested with good colour,
marked varietal acidity, and alcohols in line with recent vintages, resulting in wines of
great structure and finesse.
The late ripening Nebbiolo enjoyed a period of large
daily temperature variations from mid-September. The quality and quantity of the
phenolics suggests well-structured wines lending themselves to ageing.