It is nice to get some bottles that have a bit of age on them and are drinking beautifully. A recent stand out from a few Italian wines that we tasted that usually go to restaurants, Bricco Batista is an excellent bottle with tons of character. Accornero is an old estate that was founded in 1839, but the first vintage of this wine was not until 1989. 100% Barbera fermented in giant neutral barrels. Bricco Batista is drinking beautifully, with notes of ripe cherry, lavender, violets, licorice, celery seed, black pepper, olive, and a dusty minerality. Displaying some intriguing soil tones giving it a sense of place while the palate has supportive tannins with an energetic acidity that brightens up the fruit. The perfect bottle for those looking for something to drink now but still could manage another few years in the cellar.
Antonio Galloni 92 points! "A striking wine, the 2013 Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Bricco Battista shows what Accornero is capable of in a strong vintage. Waves of dark stone fruit, smoke, spice and licorice fill out the wine's ample frame effortlessly. Luscious and richly textured, the 2013 should continue to drink well for at least a handful of years, give or take."