The glory of the 2016 vintage comes through in this gorgeous Barbera from Elio Grasso. 2016 sets the bar and is one of the top vintages of all time for this cuvee next to the 2015. The purity, depth, and complexity is something to behold, showing just how serious Barbera can be in the right conditions. Sourced 35 years old vines planted on south-facing sandy limestone, this wine is explosive yet elegant and very difficult to put down. We just tasted this, and while we thought it would be a good bottle, we never expected to be this impressed. Monica Larner's note below is on point; the only thing to add is the lovely floral note that this wine carries. The 2016 Vigna Martina comes highly recommended and is a whole lot of wine for 30 bucks.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 93 points! "The Barbera grape can often act like Nebbiolo showing its best results in the later vintages that end on a cool note. Those conditions are what define the beautiful 2016 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina. The wine sees 20 days of maceration with submerged cap, and the bouquet is flowing, polished and impactful as a result. Blackberry, summer cherry and plum rise from the glass. Some 18 months of oak aging adds delicate touches of spice, leather and cedar."