We have offered a few wines from Accornero that have been primarily values, but today we have a rare offering of one of their flagship wines, the Cima Riserva Della Casa.
The wines from Accornero are nothing short of spectacular, clocking in as one of the best addresses for reasonably priced classic Italian wines. A few of our clients may be familiar with the 2016 Grignolino we offered a while back and but we have to say that this is an even better showing of this Piedmont-based producer's capability. Giulio Accornero founded the estate in 1957 in the Vignale Monferrato Commune of Piedmont, located about an hour northeast of Barolo above the City of Asti. His sons Ermanno and Massimo run the estate today with their father's unyielding desire for quality, respecting tradition, and the land.
The Cima Riserva Della Casa is made from a hectare 100% Barbera planted in 1968. Hand-harvested grapes see a traditional fermentation with a submerged cap, pump overs, and a spontaneous malolactic fermentation in 500 liter French Oak Tonneaux. The wine is never fined or filtered, spending 36 months aging in Tonneaux, and is bottled in the summer before spending another 24 months aging.
This is a beautiful expression of Barbera with age and was released not long ago from the estate combining excellent fruit, herbs, and underbrush with some delightful and complex aged nuances. From a great vintage like 2015, this is truly an exceptional bottle and is the best vintage of Cima ever made.
This is a rare wine, and currently, we have the only bottles available in the USA, which is some of the only bottles available in the world. A big note below from Galloni, this is not one to miss!
Antonio Galloni 95 points! "The 2015 Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Cima is a fine choice for readers who want to explore the joys of Barbera with a bit of bottle age. Black cherry, dried herbs, leather, tobacco, rose petal, menthol, pine and espresso fill out the layers. The 2015 is impressively deep and complex, with just enough acidity to balance some of the more mature flavors that have started to develop in bottle."